Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?eBook - 2011
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"There are markings here, raised like welts. Read them. Read the hurt. Rewrite them. Rewrite the hurt."
When people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant or any of the strange and stupid things said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language—and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place. (40)
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