After listening to this interview, I really made an effort to give Alexander’s idea of sort of reveling in the silence after you read a poem. I went and opened the textbook for my poetry class to a random page and read a poem that had no context to this assignment, and after I read it, I sat in my seat and did nothing. I didn’t move; I didn’t make a noise; I sat without thinking, just staring at the page the book was open to, and I feel as though it genuinely helped my idea wrap around this poem. While I can’t actually recall what the poem was, I felt a much deeper connection to the poem, and I know that, if I ever come across that poem again in my day-to-day life, I’ll sit there, with a small smile on my face.
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