“The process through which nuclear annihilation was to become part of all human calculation had already begun. But we did not live with that knowledge during the first sixteen years of my life. And a recurrent theme in much poetry I read was the indestructibility of poetry, the poem as a vehicle for personal immortality.”
This reading I found very interesting as well as very relevant today. This quote I thought was interesting because the author was growing up during World War 2 when the world seemed very fragile how poetry, to her, was the only indestructible thing in a destructible world. This author has a very interesting perspective because, even though she is not anywhere near where the way is taking place, she still feels this imminent threat from it.
What I also thought to be very compelling was in the first paragraph of the reading, she mentions how she loves Nicaragua because “Everybody there is a poet” and how poets typically do not get as much respect in developed countries like the United States because “poetry is neither economically profitable or politically effective”. What I loved most about that part was how it reveals the way societies set their priorities and how, in a country that doesn’t have much they are able to find a strong appreciation for simple things such as poetry and art whereas, in America, a job in the arts is usually seen as a waste of time because our society does not value it as much.
As someone who aspires to go into writing I strongly related to this section because I have had this experience many times with adults trying to tell me not to go into writing but to take a more “useful path”. The job they suggest is always more leaning towards the economic category such as an accountant or a stock broker. Sometimes it has to do with helping others whether they tell me to be a therapist or a teacher but it is very rare that they support anything that would have to do with entertaining people.