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Notable Quotable: JoAnn Balingit on why we should memorize a poem

"Speaking a poem by heart connects you to the Greater Conversation, whatever your sorrow or bliss, whoever your god. It also lowers your blood pressure." --JoAnn Balingit, Delaware Poet Laureate

Need more reasons why you should get to memorizing? Click through for more musings on the benefits of memorization from some of our state poet laureates. And in case you need help finding a poem to start with, check out our digital Poetry Out Loud anthology. (Don't forget to join us--IRL or virtually--to cheer on your state's #POL14 champ at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 29-30!)



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