In a “Post-Truth” Era, Should You Get Your News From Poems?

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Quan Barry is an award-winning poet and novelist who founded the website ASPHODEL.INFO, which is dedicated to publishing a new poem each week in response to current events and William Carlos Williams' famous quote: "It is difficult/ to get the news from poems/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there." And for April, National Poetry Month, Barry has invited other poets to join in. As journalists, getting "the news from poems" sounded pretty great, so we decided to make it a radio series.

We've reprinted the poem here on our website with permission from Asphodel: The News from Poems.