Uttering the Holy: On Poetry and Politics

September 17, 2014 8:40 PM

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Not long ago, I was talking to a group of people who all happened to be in book clubs. I asked them if they ever read a book of poems as part of their club. They all pondered this for a moment before saying, almost in unison, "No."

"I would," another said, somewhat reassuringly, "I just wouldn't know where to begin. I don't think any of us would."

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