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Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. poet laureate, says poetry facilitates “opening ourselves up to something, a voice on a page, and talking about what that speaks to.” In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few poems that open us to one another.

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April 5, 2019

Of the Training of Black Men

At the beginning of the 20th century, W.E.B. Du Bois asks, "what training for the profitable living together of black men and white?"