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‘Why Poetry’: A Manifesto for Reading and Enjoying the Art

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Former New York Times Magazine poetry editor Matthew Zapruder thinks that far too often, schools teach students to be wary of poetry, to stress over finding a deeper, hidden meaning to the words. In “Why Poetry,” Zapruder lays out what he thinks is a better way to approach a poem, to focus on the literal meaning and visceral experience of the words. Zapruder joins us to discuss his book, his own verse and how poetry makes sense of the human experience and restores our humanity.

Guests:
Matthew Zapruder, poet and author, “Why Poetry”; associate professor, St Mary’s College of California

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