Sonnets versus Headlines: The Right Response to Right Now

by:
Jessica Hooten Wilson

We are being conditioned to think in soundbites and to respond to tragedy and comedy alike with shorter attention spans. The world of constantly changing news keeps us distracted rather than attentive to the present. With a flurry of headlines and pages of social media through which to scan, we forego historical memory or prophetic visions for the immediate right now. Perhaps poetry may provide counter formation to the ever-sieging online world—poetry read, remembered, recited, and lived.

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