Brad Hachten: Poetry is good

April 15, 2013 

Because April is National Poetry Month, I feel it's worth drawing attention to a renowned line in by the renowned American poet William Carlos Williams: "It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there."

While I don't know how much it rings true, I do consider that Williams, who also happened to be a medical doctor, might've been on to something. Like the visual arts, poetry can be different things to different people -- and it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

Last Saturday, there was an opportunity to share our favorite poems in an open, community reading at the Merced County Library.

Watch for similar events in the future; who knows what we might discover? Maybe we'll die less miserably because of it.

BRAD HACHTEN

Merced

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