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Words Aloud 12

The poet cannot escape his or her obligation to bear witness to the times. It is impossible to separate the life and the art. Nietzsche, in another context, once said that we have art in order not to die of the truth. Wherever there is language, there too stands the writer, the ultimate observer, a little to one side of things, but there. Whether the subject is a diving beetle or a firebombing, the poet's function is to speak of the encounter.
- Maxine Kumin
We part ways for another year, but the directive remains the same. Keep thinking and writing and saying the words that 'speak of the encounter.'
Thank you for making Words Aloud 12 the most memorable event of 2015. Please direct the poets you hear and admire to find us so that we can invite them to our stage! To this end, I will extend the submissions deadline for Words Aloud 13 to Dec. 31st, 2015.
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