Sam Hamill on Why Poetry Matters

December 12, 2011

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I re-posted this interview on this website and it’s gotten about 200 hits and will be translated into Spanish by Hamill’s translator, Esteban Moore. An excerpt:

The editor of Copper Canyon Press for over 30 years, author of over 40 books of poetry and translations, Hamill says poetry can be the antidote for what ails our culture: “In order to transcend a materialist culture we have to have spiritual values. We have to have a spiritual economy, an economy of the soul. Poetry is part of that commerce. It lives outside the mainstream economy.”


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