You need the voice of hope

 

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From a 2011 PBS Newshour segment on how poets responded to Haiti’s devastating earthquake: 

JEFFREY BROWN: …When there are so many needs out there, basic needs, what — what point does literature serve? Why write?

EVELYNE TROUILLOT: Because you need the voice. You need the voice of hope. You need a voice of revolt and resistance. And I think, for me, literature can do that, poetry can do that. And when you are in a situation that is very, very difficult, I think a human being need that, needs the beauty of literature, the beauty of creation to make them go through it and to carry them further.

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