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Why Do We Feel Awe?
Greater Good Science Center
Based at the University of California, Berkeley
Take the time to pause and open your mind to those things which you do not fully understand. You will be the better for it -- and, as your feelings of awe ripple out through acts of kindness, so will the rest of us.
Adrienne Rich: Leaving Her Mark on America
Writer, filmmaker and former congressional campaign manager
Over the years, critics have justly celebrated her work, and those who dismissed her for her tendentiousness have found themselves on the wrong side of history. The more time you spend with the poems, the more precise and revelatory they seem.
Politics And Poetry: Do They Really Ever Meet In America?
Poet, cultural critic, professor, University of San Francisco
For Pablo Neruda in Chile in the 1930s, a poem was a more powerful vehicle than a newspaper, but in America in 2011, a prose piece in the
gives not only a wider audience but a level of credibility a poem might not.
The Greatest Poetry Reading Ever?
Health care ethicist, epidemiologist, and environmentalist
Walt Whitman's legendary epic poem "Song of Myself" first appeared in 1855, self-published in Brooklyn by the then-unknown journalist and walker, who was 37 years old at the time.
Literary Food Fight:
The question of influence is a tricky one in the literary realm, but surely, if there are undeniable progenitors of today's collective poetry output, these are the ones.
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