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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Politically-oriented poetry is difficult to do well. Many politically oriented writers resist displaying a certain type of passion, the type of intense commitment that helps a writer convey ideas without being didactic, because displaying such intensity may make the writer feel vulnerable or weak in public. Conversely, many poets and artists use their art to grasp and convey what they see as profound dichotomy need not hold firm, however. Art, including poetry, has shown itself to be an effective way to convey important ideas, and the political struggles that surround issues of racial violence, oppression, war, famine, and the destruction of human freedom and potential are as profound as any other subjects for artistic expression.
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