Travis Sharp is the author of the chapbook Sinister Queer Agenda (above/ground press, 2018) and the artist’s book one plus one is two ones (Recreational Resources, 2018). He's an editor and designer at Essay Press, a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Literary Center, and a PhD student in the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program.
Why is poetry important?
Poetry, which is not escapism, can distance and make strange the real so that you can actually for the first time see it. Not all poetry does this, but it can do this, and that is why it is important.