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Ocean Vuong

Poets have not been silenced by the digital age. Poetry has simply morphed into something else, something we hear rather than see. But that doesn't mean that the traditional ways of manipulating words into rhythms on paper is obsolete. The art lives on through contemporary writers, one of which is a young Vietnamese-American called Ocean Vuong.

Emily Dickinson

How about we rewind back to a time before drinking straws and electric trains? To a place in Amherst, Massachusetts, where a recluse locked herself away inside with a good book and all the things a poet needs to write?

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Maya Angelou

Our world needs voices, otherwise it would be silent. We all have one, but not everyone uses it. One person who used hers for good was a great inspiration for me: Maya Angelou.

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