This is a thought-provoking audio presentation for writers, would-be writers, readers, students, teachers, parents—anyone who has ever wondered why a particular poem is their favorite.
“I want to state that the traditional approach is wrong. It is completely backward. A great poem doesn’t tell us something we don’t know. A great poem listens to us. The poem allows us to hear ourselves in a way that we otherwise wouldn’t. Why is this hard? Because that inner voice sometimes allows us to feel things we don’t readily admit. That’s why we say poets speak for us. But they don’t. Their work allows us to speak for ourselves. Their poems listen.”—John Lehman
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