I marvel at this impact, more than seven years later, but it only confirms my belief that over time, for even one hour a week, poetry can open the hearts and minds of young people.
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I talked with actor, writer, director and producer Dan Butler about his new short film, Pearl. It's about a Midwestern poet who brings news of his mother's death to an elderly relative, and the visit takes an unsettling turn.
Journalists today are often stressed rather than inspired. Bring on the poetry. Bring on new voices. Tell us something that matters with words that tell us about the world, about the human condition.
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