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Poetry for the people
“Poetry is really for people. It’s not just for professors. It’s not just for poets. Poetry should be reaching a broad audience, maybe not everyone, but a broader audience.” Dana Gioia — from the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off the Shelf podcast.
Gioia was talking about the office of the U.S. Poet laureate and how that office has worked to bring poetry to more people. He was prompted to comment Natasha Tretheway’s appointment to the office this year. He had nothing but praise for her as a poet and her selection to the nation’s highest literary office. I hope she will be effective in promoting poetry in the public school with more innovative programs.
What Poet Laureates Do
Besides reading their own poetry once a year at a big shindig in Washington D.C. and adding to the archive of recorded poetry at the Library…
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