Juliet Patterson & Kate Greenstreet wonder what poetry can change
Do you believe that poetry can create change in the world?
Yes, because of the way poetry engages, incites and changes our thinking individually, I do think it can create change in the world; one person at a time. It's a very subtle and slow-growth kind of change--perhaps akin to mediation or prayer--and perhaps it's the kind of influence that is often difficult to measure or see, particularly in a capitalist society, where the measure of success or change is made in economic terms.
What did Wallace Stevens say? Something like: "Poets are the priests of the invisible." I think about this phrase a lot [ . . . ]
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