Amy Stolls, Director of Literary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts wrote a recent blog post giving a backstage look at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest

Excerpt:

In this age of texts and tweets, a poem reminds us that there is beauty in our language, in the world, in ourselves, and in others. In this age of search engines and quick answers, poetry reminds us to feel that unique pleasure in wondering about what we don’t know. When the world can sometimes feel divisive and hard, poetry allows us to enter the depths of anger, sadness, fear, and shame until we can’t look away, and also of love so that it grows exponentially. It can make us laugh. In an age of fast-paced change, it teaches us to slow down and embrace silence. Used by ancient people to pass down stories at a time before written language, poetry is an old art form that can clear a path towards a more empathetic future.

Read the full article at Education and Career News