Words Matter: Ring Every Word like a Bell

Under a Constitution that protects freedom of speech, do all words matter? In a poem, every word counts. As the ancient, relational art of poetry rises again as a machine of persuasion, liberation, protest, and spiritual practice, we revisit verses of Emily Dickinson, James Wright, Marge Piercy, Joy Harjo, and Jericho Brown, so a South Carolina poet can tell it all “slant.”