The On Being Project

Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Nelson

is professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is the 2012 recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry." Her books include The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, Mrs. Nelson’s Class, and The Meeting House.

Words That Matter: A Poem

A poet on the times when the act of communicating matters more than the words themselves.

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Words That Matter: A Poem

Generous Listening: A Poem

Who is this miracle speaking to me? And who is this miracle listening? What amazingness are we creating?

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Generous Listening: A Poem