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Without Poetry We are Dead: With It We Die Living

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In a robotized world, technology is king.

Great poets say otherwise.

If such poetry needs a defense, let me leave the final words to Caroline Forche, an authentic poet if there ever were one. The following is from her poem "Ourselves or Nothing" and cuts to the heart of the matter.

There is a cyclone fence between

Ourselves and the slaughter and behind it

We hover in a calm protected world like

Netted fish, exactly like netted fish.

It is either the beginning or the end

Of the world, and the choice is ourselves or nothing.

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