Natasha Trethewey on the Importance of Poetry

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“It’s the way we have to connect not only the intellect, but also the heart, to engage the whole body with breath, with rhythm.” Natasha Trethewey, recipient of the 22nd Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities, talks about the immense value of poetry. Trethewey’s fifth poetry collection, Monument: Poems New and Selected (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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“The viewer has to essentially expose themselves in the most vulnerable way I can think of to another poet’s words.” Using gold leaf paint on the porcelain of men’s urinals around Miami, artist Ian Thomas installs excerpts of contemporary poetry by poets, including Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, and Natasha Trethewey, as part of the 2015 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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