Poetry, Justice, and Alienation

Two of America’s most powerful poetic voices join with the Aspen Student Poets to explore how their art can tackle some of the most difficult social-justice questions we face today. Walt Whitman wrote in 1855, “Of all races and eras, These States, with veins full of poetical stuff, most need poets.” In the past year we have witnessed images of our country at war with itself; how can poetry dispel alienation and give rise to a new level of citizenship in America?

Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: Arts

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