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September 6: 'I was taught to be deferential': José Olivarez on learning to give himself permission to tell his o

José Olivarez first encountered poetry as a high school student during a time when he had a lot of questions. What he discovered was that poetry isn't necessarily about getting answers, so much as it's about refining the questions we already have.

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