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Sticking it to the Man in Rhyming Couplets

16 May 2011

"Poetry in my view is a defence of the individual against all the forces arrayed against him. Every religion, every ideology and orthodoxy of thought and manner wants to re-educate him and make him into something else. To sing from the same sheet is the ideal. A true patriot doesn’t think for himself, they’ll tell you. I realize that there’s a long tradition in poetry of not speaking truth to power and, in fact, of being its grovelling apologist. I just don’t have it in me."

– Charles Simic

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