Full Title: South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth talks about poetry, writing and social justice

What is poetry? “Poetry is just the evidence of life,” Leonard Cohen explained. “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

Or maybe “poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes,” a sentiment expressed by Joseph Roux. Pablo Neruda thought if it this way: “Poetry is an act of peace.” Wallace Stevens harbored a similar notion: “The poet is the priest of the invisible,” he said.

Sonia Sanchez, instead, thought of poetry in pragmatic terms. “All poets … are political,” she said. “They either maintain the status quo, or they say, ‘Something’s wrong, let’s change it for the better.'”

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