Amplify with Lara Downes: Rita Dove

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Lara Downes | March 27, 2021
Words matter. And Rita Dove's words matter tremendously to untold numbers of readers, including me. As our former U.S. poet laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of hundreds of poems, a novel, a play, essays and articles, she's written countless words, all of them full of meaning and melody. Her words bring characters to life and shared experience to light.
I first wrote to Rita in 2011, asking permission to use her poem "Testimonial" as part of a concert piece that was being written for me to perform that year. Rita is a musician herself and loves collaborating with musicians. She said yes, and as we became friends her words became a fundamental part of my creative life.
"I gave my promise to the world / And the world followed me here."
I've spent the last decade sharing those words from "Testimonial" with young people all over America, asking them a simple question: "What is your promise to give to the world?" You'd be astounded to hear their answers. There's boundless promise in the hearts and minds of our children, and it turns out that a line of poetry by Rita Dove is enough to set it in motion.
This past year has tested all of us, challenged us to redefine what's possible and to reimagine our own promise. Rita's words have been with me through this time of reckoning. They've kept me tethered to the power of knowing my purpose and giving my promise. In truth, those words probably drove me to start this series of conversations with my friends and colleagues, which are really all about giving our promise to the world and hoping that the world will follow.

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  7. Sir Derty
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    And there it is... the definitely politics agenda.. at 10:50. She is only doing this to teach little brown girls she says... while being white and rich. Literally, the amount of false projectiong and editing in this video to push a narrative of far left, is laughably naive, incorrect, and racist in itself. Grow up

  8. Sir Derty
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    Literal manipulated edited video. And a lot of veiled political false talk. Very odd, and we fund this? Time for PBS and NPR to start funding their own biased corporate political agenda.

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    3. philkampel
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      It doesn't sit well with me that you're referring to false talk. I don't know Rita, but I do know Lara and I know she not only speaks her heart, but she also does a lot of research on the history and context of the music she plays and discusses. Beyond that, most of the funding for PBS and NPR comes from private sources of contribution, not your tax money. What is your agenda? And "literal manipulated edited video"? What does that mean? Video is edited to remove extraneous footage and to fit a format.

    4. Sir Derty
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      And there it is... the definitely politics agenda.. at 10:50. She is only doing this to teach little brown girls she says... while being white and rich. Literally, the amount of false projectiong and editing in this video to push a narrative of far left, is laughably naive, incorrect, and racist in itself. Grow up. NLlike hid this when I posted it normally, even though its a factual and honest opinion.

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  10. Chris Dealny
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    I do not really understand what change they are talking about? Surely it is not the same old racism lie?

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    2. philkampel
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    3. Chris Dealny
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      @Sir Derty what did she say?

    4. Sir Derty
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      They manipulated the video and cut it up to make her say something she really did not say.

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