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Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

Marilyn Nelson

Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten people from history, shining a light on the complicated ancestry that can help us in what she calls “communal pondering.” To sit with Marilyn Nelson is to gain a newly spacious perspective on what that might mean — and on why, in this troubled moment, Americans young and old are turning to poetry with urgency.
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    Marilyn Nelson

    is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America's most prestigious award, for "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry." Her books include The Fields of PraiseFaster Than Light, and How I Discovered Poetry.