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Growing up, my birthday was always Confederate Memorial Day. It helped to create this profound sense of awareness about the Civil War and the 100 years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement and my parents' then-illegal and interracial marriage.

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The experience of poetry could bring my mother back to me. Poetry offers a different kind of solace - here on earth.

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In the early 1970s in Atlanta, I attended what had formerly been an all-white school but had become a black school after integration and white flight. Perhaps because of this, the teachers created a curriculum that included a focus on African American literature and history year-round, not just in February.

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People always want to be on the right side of history: it is a lot easier to say, 'What an atrocity that was' then it is to say, 'What an atrocity this is.'

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Growing up, my birthday was always Confederate Memorial Day. It helped to create this profound sense of awareness about the Civil War and the 100 years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement and my parents' then-illegal and interracial marriage.

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The experience of poetry could bring my mother back to me. Poetry offers a different kind of solace - here on earth.

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Even though I am the daughter of a poet, and my stepmother is also a poet, growing up, I didn't think I could understand poetry: I didn't think that it had any relevance to my life, the feelings that I endured on a day-to-day basis, until I was introduced to the right poem.

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I think the biggest thing that I have to do is to remind people that poetry is there for us to turn to not only to remind us that we're not alone - for example, if we are grieving the loss of someone - but also to help us celebrate our joys. That's why so many people I know who've gotten married will have a poem read at the wedding.

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I think poetry's always a kind of faith. It is the kind that I have.

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