Poetry forms the quality of the light


“I…kept returning to [Audre] Lorde, who wrote that ‘poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.’

“Poetry, she said, is how we name the nameless. ‘It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.’

“Stripped of our usual bearings and sanctuaries, we must now decide on a daily basis what our tangible actions will be.”

POETRY IN A TIME OF PROTEST – Edwidge Danticat – The New Yorker – January 31, 2017

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