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The Poetry Society Annual Lecture – The Poet as Witness with Carolyn Forche
July 20, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT
American poet Carolyn Forché gives the Poetry Society Annual Lecture, exploring how poets have been shaped by extreme events.
From William Blake, caught up in the Gordon Riots, to Emily Dickinson living through the American Civil War, or Thom Gunn watching his friends die of AIDS, what has been the impact of being an eye-witness to suffering?