“I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history…”

I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history, and I do not think it is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. It is as necessary.

-Adrienne Rich, quoted in  What Poetry Does: Adrienne Rich on Poetry’s Political Power and Its Role in the Immigrant Experience Brain Pickings – MARIA POPOVA

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