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The interview with Elizabeth Alexander was very insightful and informative in relation to poetry. I love her emphasis on language and words and how they can be used to convey extraordinary messages (i.e. Conundrum). I also truly admire her statement that “truth” in poetry does mean it had to have really happened. Truth depends on how someone responds and reacts to a poem at a certain point in time. I agree that poetry has always been a part of human kind, and as a way for people to express themselves. This even dates back to the rise of blues music and spirituals as a way for African-Americans to express their emotions and longings. Poetry has a way of doing that as well with very condensed language.
-Alundra Dickson