Poetry [is] pretty much the only art form in which the practitioners are regularly called upon to explain if and how their art will solve society’s ills. I’ve never seen or heard an interview with Jack White that asks him how his guitar solo on “Ball and Biscuit” will cure cancer and stave off the zombie apocalypse. I once worried about the fairness of this paradigm, but I’m starting to see it as a show of respect. That people keep wondering how poetry will change the world seems to start with the implicit assumption that it could.
My friend Stephanie isn’t coming to the National Poetry Slam this year, so l wanted to share “A Response to the Fox News Correspondent who Asked, ‘What is it about Chicago Public Schools that Makes so Many of its Students Murder Victims?’”