A few months ago, my friend Laura, who is a member of the English faculty at UVU, was a guest presenter at our Springville Library "So You Want To Read" series. While I was preparing for that evening, I came across a short video interview she did in 2012.
At one point in the interview, she confesses she used to think that poetry could save the world. Not really, she knows, but she did ask a class once, "Wouldn't it be great if before we sent any troops to a foreign country for battle, those troops had to study the language for two years and read all of the great contemporary writers from the culture?"
One of her students, actually a veteran, vehemently objected, "That wouldn't work!"
"Why not?" she asked.
"No one would fight!"