Politics & Poetry

A new Poet Laureate has been announced today in the U.S. by The Library of Congress, and the article from The Washington Post is included below, along with a brief quote, which prompted today’s subject/title.  As the date of the press release is today, it classifies as breaking news.  Here’s the LOC info, directly.

And here’s the Post’s quote:

“The power of poetry, and art in general, to connect us more deeply with ourselves, rather than the empty rodomontade and blather of public life, is fundamental to Merwin’s mix of ecological and personal vision. A sonnet by Shakespeare, or a painting by Picasso, says Merwin, “belongs to each of us in a completely distinct and original way.”

“And that is deeply political.”  Here’s the complete article.


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