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More Henein on the subversive function of poetry

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10.11.15

"Poetry is the contrary of an ivory tower. Poetry is not only a refusal of obedience served on all existing censorship and tyranny or the most elevated form of non-resignation to the summary explanations of our terrestrial destiny. It is also an ever-increasing knowledge of the self, an uninterrupted discovery of new human regions and a necessary renewal of the bases of life. Poetry, and this is where the whole extent of its role becomes apparent, has the power to transport what was just a way of dreaming into a way of being. Or more precisely--it exalts this power within us."

--Georges Henein, "The Subversive Function of Poetry" (1939) 

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Drew Dellinger is a speaker, poet, writer, teacher, and founder of Planetize the Movement. He has inspired minds and hearts at over 1000 events around the planet, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion.
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