Poets can play a unique role in a country's politics, culture and social movements. They act as innovators, visionaries and truth tellers.
Three poets from different cultures — Iraq, Puerto Rico and New York — talk about the role of poets and poetry in different places. The three are part of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC.
Quincy Troupe, poet and author, most recently of The Architecture of Language
Sinan Antoon, poet and assistant professor at New York University
Naomi Ayala, poet and writer
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