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Is Poetry Essential to Democracy?

April is National Poetry Month, a month-long celebration, commemorated since 1996, that serves as a reminder of the vital role poetry plays in American culture. Tracy K. Smith underscored the importance of poetry in an article she published in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, in their Speakeasy section. Titled “Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy,” Smith explores the power of poetry to evoke emotions in a reader necessary to make political change.
Read more from Tracy K. Smith on the Wall Street Journal.
[Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy