Natasha Trethewey likened her most recent poetry reading at the Library of Congress to a church revival in the South.
“What do they see when they come inside?” she asked. “A glorious celebration and somebody giving their testimony about why they came to the church or to God… I wanted to give a poetry testimonial. I wanted to say, ‘This is why it means something to me. This is what changed my life.’”
Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, marked the end of her first year as the nation’s poet laureate last month with a personal and emotional lecture about why poetry matters to people in their everyday lives.
She isn’t done spreading the word.
On Monday, the Library of Congress is to announce Trethewey’s second term as Poet Laureate. The laureate’s key role is to promote and encourage poetry.