Thanks to friend devorah major, I attended/experienced this year's San Francisco International Poetry Festival. And after the first marathon reading last night, got to break bread (and sing songs) with poets from all over the world (Nigeria, Wales, Vietnam, Ecuador, Syria, Palestine, Israel, the list goes on). Truly, I could live fuller if I read more poetry. This is common sense. I need more common sense.
I read American poetry but I don't read enough poetry from other countries. This is a problem. I've got to work on my Spanish and Japanese, my French and German. I've got to seek out Nigerian poets, Ghanian poets...I've got to look. Reading at the Sangati Center a couple of weeks ago taught me more than I've ever known about South Asian poets and the range of their poetry.
I've also got to write more about politics, gild fewer lilies.