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Column: Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley became the first African-American poet ever to be published. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 29, 2017

I remember the first time a line of poetry caught me by surprise. I was sitting in the Cathedral of Learning mouthing the words of Ross Gay’s poem “catalog of unabashed gratitude” to myself. The poem turns when he addresses the reader, and says thank you, “for moving your lips just so as I s...

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