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I loved this interview; there were so many points that Elizabeth Alexander made that hit home for me about the human experience. Poetry, definitely calls itself to attention. It makes us stop and, I think, find ourselves , in the words that we are presented with . In some sense, I feel like this is something we all do when we read poetry. There is a certain expectation of being told something. It definitely speaks on that Otherness she referenced in the interview. We expect to be related to, for our emotions to dwell in the company of others, besides ours inner hearts and minds. I think it is definitely a connection there and a connection that if we don’t knowingly enjoy, we at least want to be acknowledged and experience a certain commonality, or “universality”. In some sense, it is validation.