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Kim Rosen

Entries by Kim Rosen

Naked Words: Our First Language Is Poetry

(14) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 7:54 PM

It's National Poetry Month, time to remember that poetry is our first language. Literally. All over the world, mothers croon to their babies in rhythm and rhyme. Perhaps this is because the womb itself is a poetic place. Your ear is against the iambic meter of your mother's heartbeat. You...

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Where Words Melt Walls: The Peacemaking Power of Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 8:00 AM

It's 2006, at the height of the Iraq war. On a bombed-out street that was once a beautiful section of downtown Baghdad, a large tent has been erected, in the midst of explosions and clashes. It is the first of what will turn out to be many gatherings of poets...

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Metrophobia: Are We Afraid Of Poetry?

(21) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 10:24 AM

Metrophobia (otherwise known as the fear of poetry), an American pandemic more tenacious than Swine Flu, is finally on the wane. And not a moment too soon.

For the last few generations, our nation has managed to marginalize poetry, an art that is and always has been...

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Madoff and Miracles: How I Lost My Life's Savings and a Poem Saved My Life

(25) Comments | Posted September 4, 2009 | 2:36 PM

On a beautiful day in December of 2008 I lost my life's savings to Bernard Madoff. My loss was not unique, thousands of us were watching our money disappear -- either in one fell swoop as mine did, or drop by painstaking drop. What saved my life, however, was a...

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