In response to great loss, like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, people all over the country sat down to write poems. Thousands of poems were written opposing our country’s war on Iraq. Most of these well-meaning poems fail as art, but they do make their writers feel better, because we all feel better for having expressed ourselves and because people understand that a poem is a way of assembling a little bit of order amid chaos.

Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual, p. 55

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