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Katha Pollitt, poet and columnist at The Nation magazine, continues the National Poetry Month conversation about politics and poetry.
I think the important thing to remember is that it's your perspective that is unique. Your voice will touch someone in a way that another writer's will not. You will always approach a subject with your individual set of experiences. The important thing is to nurture that distinct part of yourself.
Ms. Pollitt: It's great to hear you on BL. We read "Reasonable Creatures" in college, and even among the millions of texts we read in college, it sticks with me.
As for poetry writing: I tend to wait for inspiration. It's an idea that buzzes around in my brain or sometimes a seemingly physical feeling of a need to write. An emotional event sometimes brings inspiration. A deadline helps and it makes a poet more productive. Writing begets more writing.
The greatest political poem of all-time is To Whom It May Concern by Adrian Mitchell.
I maintain the blog McCarra/Poetry...some of my poetry may have a political vein, but only peripherally.
For National Poetry Month I have been writing one poem a day and posting it to the blog. On the evening of the 29th I'll be doing a reading at Lola's Teahouse in Pelham, NY.
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