Tuesday, 12 June 2007

A Literary Family

"I feel a part of a literary family, a community of both living and dead poets. In the way of families, I may argue vehemently with other relatives sometimes, but the empathy - the fact of inclusion - is always there... I remember reading Langston Hughes in an anthology when I was in my teens and reading a poem like Dream Boogie, where the language just hops and leaps all over the page, and recognizing a part of my life that I hadn't ever encountered in a poem before. That recognition is incredibly vital to my personal and spiritual identity."
~Rita Dove

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