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George Quasha posed this question to more than sixty poets as a series of video portraits

And some inevitable one-liners. Charles Bernstein, ‘Charles Bernstein: ‘Poetry is like coffee, it keeps you up But if you drink it too much you tend to fall asleep.’

Mikhail Horowitz, ‘Poetry is philosophy slipping into something a little more comfortable … Poetry is a legal, immoral, fattening, possibly addictive, occasionally anti-semantic, and the last best hope of the soul.’

Romana Huk, ‘Poetry is a movement, a mode of encounter and is ethical in that sense. Poems are exhausting, poems make you move and recognize that you use language to move’

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