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One of my favorite websites is BigThink.com. They describe their website like this, “With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.”
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Yesterday, In Their Own Words (a blog on BigThink) posted a Q&A with poet Robert Pinsky titled “Poetry Is Not an Ornament. It’s at the Center of Our Being“.
Pinsky is the founder of Favorite Poem Project which is a website exploring the role of poetry in American lives.
Pinsky said, “You can see a construction worker reading Whitman. And talking about Whitman, you see a Cambodian-American kid in California reading a Langston Hughes poem, talking about Langston Hughes. There’s a U.S. Marine with a Hispanic surname who talks about Yates’ politics and reads that poem very well. … I’m proud of the site partly because it doesn’t involve marketing poetry or missionary work for poetry. … This breaks the stereotype of Americans not liking poems.”
And while we’re on the topic of poetry, don’t forget it’s Day 4 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Check out the prompt, and paste your poetry in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,