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  • Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00    Permalink
    5 Contemporary Poets You Should Be Reading Right Now

    “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry...Is there any other way?”

    That’s Emily Dickinson in the late 1870s talking about how she defines that inexplicable moment when a poem moves you—when a piece of poetry elicits an emotional, non-rational, sometimes transcendent response as you subconsciously identify with an image, a moment, a phrase, a scene. It’s an experience that’s often difficult to intellectualize and describe, and sadly, one that many casual readers can’t easily access as poetry is pushed more and more to the fringes of contemporary publishing, relegating it to near niche status.

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