Poetry and Your Neighbors

I have tried for years to answer the question: “what’s accomplishment for?” since I live in a nation where great universities have sanctioned and promoted imperial wars. The answer can’t rest with the protection of the inner life (as it does for many) but must have a good deal to do with a paratactic question: “what can I do to alleviate the sufferings of others?” Many poets who say they are “political” never ask the second question.

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