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Poetry is for everyone. At its core, it’s about connection and collaboration. Amanda Gorman explains why it is also political.

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Using your voice is a political choice

Using your voice is a political choice

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The value of speaking out

Every poet should ask themselves these two questions:

  1. Whose shoulders do you stand on?
  2. What do you stand for?

Public speaking can feel terrifying. One way to find the strength to speak up is to think of people whose shoulders you ca...

Poetry is a language of bridges, not barriers. And this power of connection makes it political.

There are three ways in which the decision to create and have a voice is a political act:

  • The stories we tell. When, where, and how we're telling our ...

Poets have the ability to connect the beliefs of private individuals with the cause of change of the people, the polity, the political movement.

"They buried us, but they didn't know we were seeds." That's poetry.

Martin Luther King Jr, saying "We will be...

Poetry is not about offering the correct answers; it's about asking the right questions.

Doing right by your words and actions is to honour the people whose shoulders you stand on. They have started a process so that we can have the courage to build on it.

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