“I represented the U.S. at a poetry conference.”

I represented the U.S. at a poetry conference. Would Trump pit me against other poets? – Sandra Beasley – Washington Post – 2/15/18

“I am in the capital, Nicosia, for a poetry festival sponsored by Ideogramma, a nonprofit organization that promotes Cypriot cultural exchange with the international community. The U.S. State Department, a co-sponsor of the festival, selected me to serve as the gathering’s American poet and paid for my plane ticket. This morning, some of the festival participants are on a tour of popular ‘old city’ destinations; each stop includes the reading of poems. ‘I’m glad the Americans are represented,’ a friend of the festival organizers tells me as we walk. ‘It’s important — well, in these times.’”

Sandra Beasley – Let Me Count the Waves

We must not look for poetry in poems.
                  —Donald Revell
You must not skirt the issue wearing skirts.
You must not duck the bullet using ducks.
You must not face the music with your face.
Headbutting, don’t use your head. Or your butt.
You must not use a house to build a home,
and never look for poetry in poems.

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