poems http://tspr.org en Why Poetry Matters http://tspr.org/post/why-poetry-matters <p>Last month, on the drive home from school, my daughter recited a haiku entitled “Cruelty”: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:29:47 +0000 Barbara Harroun 51541 at http://tspr.org Why Poetry Matters Award Winning Poet Changed Course After 9/11 Attacks http://tspr.org/post/award-winning-poet-changed-course-after-911-attacks <p>The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 affected Americans in many different ways. For poet John Mann, it completely changed the focus of his writing.</p><p>“My previous work, I basically wrote nature poems. They were fine. I like them. But looking back on that pre-9/11 work, it strikes me as fairly conventional,” Mann said.</p><p>“These new poems had a greater intensity for me and were more firmly engaged with history and the political process and the things we were going through.”</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:13:57 +0000 Rich Egger 29849 at http://tspr.org Award Winning Poet Changed Course After 9/11 Attacks