Why is poetry important?
Poetry allows us to speak to each other in a language that’s different and deeper than the ones we use every day. It creates a shared space in which we can not just see but experience the world the way another person sees it. By allowing us to see and hear and feel and experience what others experience in the way that they experience it, poetry reminds us that we are not alone, that we are all human. Perhaps that’s why poetry is most important: it teaches us, and insistently, that other people are people – and, in a time of such unthinkable cruelty, there are few things more important than remembering that.