Perhaps no other art form is asked to defend its value, impact, relevance, and existence as often as poetry. Through the centuries poets have explained how poetry connects us to ourselves. With a mastery of language and its possibilities, poets elevate the material of everyday communication to art that requires reflection and contemplation, and ultimately elucidates our location in the world.
As the poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote, “If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.”
Many are remembering the singer’s ‘Baltimore’ in light of this week’s events.
As thousands marched in Baltimore this week to protest the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after suffering a spinal injury, many were reminded of one Simone song in particular: “Baltimore.” Continue reading
as fragile as she was strong
as vulnerable as she was dynamic
most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.