Natasha Trethewey Quotes

Collected quotes from Natasha Trethewey with images

“In the early 1970s in Atlanta, I attended what had formerly been an all-white school but had become a black school after integration and white flight. Perhaps because of this, the teachers created a curriculum that included a focus on African American literature and history year-round, not just in February.”

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“Growing up, my birthday was always Confederate Memorial Day. It helped to create this profound sense of awareness about the Civil War and the 100 years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement and my parents' then-illegal and interracial marriage.”

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“Poetry's a thing that belongs to everyone.”

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“From the catbird seat, I've found poetry to be the necessary utterance it has always been in America.”

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“Dismissals of poetry are nothing new. It's easy to dismiss poetry if one has not read much of it.”

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“I've been most happy to be an advocate for the kinds of grassroots things that people are doing who care about poetry.”

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“I want to be the best advocate and promoter for poetry that I can be.”

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“I think people turn to poetry more often than they think they do, or encounter it in more ways than they think that they do. I think we forget the places that we encounter it, say, in songs or in other little bits and pieces of things that we may have remembered from childhood.”

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