Words matter. They matter a lot. We string words together in myriad ways. Sentences filled with compelling prose. Catchy phrases that inspire us. One-word exclamations, some of which are unprintable and can't be said on the air. And then there's poetry: the exquisitely careful, often delicate, assemblage of words that linger together artfully in ways that are sometimes hard to anticipate when we try out their juxtaposition. Robert Frost wrote, "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering." Let's hear what Rhode Island's very own poet laureate Tina Cane believes about why poetry matters, about how poetry helps us discover what's most important in our lives.
Tina Cane, Rhode Island's poet laureate, was appointed to her post by Governor Gina Raimondo in 2016.