Photo by Marlon L. PecsonMarianne Maili, Joseph Lariosa, Fateena Alghorra, at The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior, Chicago.

Wednesday night at the IWP poetry event at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago, three beautiful souls bared themselves and brought more light to the world. Fatena Alghorra, Kristian Sendon Cordero, and Ali Cobby Eckerman moved and illuminated the audience. I was reminded how important the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa is, offering space and time for distant, often silenced, voices, and how important poetry is for our hearts. How lovely these occasions are in the way they gather and connect the wordsmith lights around the world, forming constellations. Please read poetry every day. Also, if you really want to find out about another country, read their poets, their storytellers (not the news).

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