|I notice that the article asks the same question you do, without asserting it. I'm wondering if this was initially written for a Village audience, in an effort to get their attention. To them I suspect that Donway's work would seem right-leaning, both because of the Ayn Rand inspiration, and because a couple of poems are rather critical of Communist tyrants.|
Still, I think someone could write left-seeming poetry while inspired by Ayn Rand. There is a strong individualist streak in a lot of the left, plus a strong rationality streak, so those aspects, just for example, can transfer well.
As for John Paul Sherman, there was a very strong individualist streak, but his work, that I've seen, didn't focus on current politics much. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
(Edited by John Enright on 2/20, 7:31pm)