Meet Montana poet laureate Tami Haaland
Montana’s poet laureate Tami Haaland is on a mission to mend the misunderstanding of poetry.
Poetry is no mystical calling. It doesn’t need to be analytical, critical or scientific.
It only needs to be expressive.
“I tell people that it’s OK to hate poetry,” Haaland said. “A lot of people think they can’t understand it – and many times they can’t. But there are many kinds of fiction that are really difficult to read as well. So, it’s really a matter of giving poetry a longer chance, sticking with it, and evaluating what’s going on and whose talking. From a writing standpoint, it is about expression – and we can all do it.”
Read more of Haaland’s poems at her Montana Arts Council page.
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