Monday, January 19, 2009

The poetry of the newsroom

Found this via a nice Huff-po piece on poetry and journalism.


Born in a safe family
But a dangerous area, Iraq,
I heard guns at a young age, so young
They made a decision to raise us safe
So packed our things
And went far away.

Now, in the city of rain,
I try to forget my past,
But memories never fade.

This is my life,
It happened for a reason,
I happened for a reason.

From American Life in Poetry

Jane Dwyre Garton quotes from a Columbia University symposium:
"Increasingly, poets are writing documentary poems that 'report' on an event. Many journalists also turn to poetic prose in order to convey a perspective that cannot otherwise be presented."

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