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Discussion with Camille Rankine, Patrick Rosal, and Tracy K. Smith
The discussion, as Tolan’s title states, ranged from poetry to Hip Hop to Academia. Here’s a taste. Jump on over for the rest.
Poet Camille Rankine moderated Smith and Rosal’s talk on craft, and as I entered she was asking them why the question “does poetry matter?” continues to come up with such frequency.
TKS: I think we’ve all had bad experiences in the classroom where teachers try to make you feel like there’s a joke or a trick in the middle of a poem that you have to riddle out. That perspective is working against the impulse of a poem, which I think, is to invite you in.
PR: How do I measure how much a student enjoys a poem? There’s not enough room for joy in academia.
And for more Tracy K. Smith news, check this out here!