The Lives Of Others

Why Poetry Matters Now

“Poets and intellectuals–who are paid little, and who are usually ignored by the general population–have this consolation, at least: they are the ones the tyrants go after first.” -Frederick Smock, “Poetry & Compassion” “If I keep listening to it, I won’t finish the revolution.” -Lenin, regarding Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata   (as recounted in “The Lives Of …

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