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Using the poetry in us to influence our writing

“….Everybody, even people who don’t read poems, have poetry in their heads…,” says poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

Filmed as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the 4-minute video below features poets Enzensberger and Tracy K. Smith, who discuss the nature of poetry and their process of working together.

Enzensberger says we find poetry in nursery rhymes and prayer and other everyday occurrences. Poetry is part of the fabric of our lives. Poetry can be a way in to other writing formats.

Watch the video below and then check out my earlier post, “Using poetry to enrich your prose” to see more ways that poetry can inform our lives and our writing.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic post, thanks for sharing!

    December 17, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on The Uses of Poetry and commented:
    This suggests that engaging with poetry and having conversations with poetry can enhance our own writing by paying attention to language, its logic and form.

    January 16, 2014

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