Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history, Plato said, and throughout history, words and verses have been used by everyone with a message to share – from lovers, revolutionaries, prisoners and politicians. Poems – and the poets who write them – have a way of uplifting, empowering, sobering and humbling us with only a few lines.
The art form's ability to express the things that roil and rage within us is its singular gift.
As we live through challenging times, poetry contains hope and reminds us to stand up to struggles instead of giving into them.
With this in mind, Tempo is inviting local poets to submit a poem written in lockdown, in writing or on video, for our tribute to National Poetry Month during the last week of April.
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