“It may take a while, but paper beats rock. At least we hope so.”

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Can Poetry Change Your Life? Why we are so defensive about the art form’s value. – Louis Menand – New Yorker – July 31, 2017

“The funny thing about the resistance all these writers [Robbins, Lerner, and Zapruder] put up to the idea that poems can change people’s lives is that every one of them had his life changed by a poem….One day, almost inadvertently, they read a poem, and suddenly they knew that they had to become writers. They did, and it changed their lives. Later, they all wrote books about poetry. I read those books, and it changed my life. You read this piece about those books. Maybe it will change your life. If it does, the change will be very, very tiny, but most change comes in increments. Don’t expect too much out of any one thing. For although the world is hard, words matter. Rock beats scissors. It may take a while, but paper beats rock. At least we hope so.”

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