'I Was Drafted Into Music,' Says Poet Valzhyna Mort

By: Morning Edition,  NPR
Mon, 11/09/2020

Poet and professor Valzhyna Mort participated in an author interview about her new book on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program:

"And when she was a teenager, in her native Belarus, she started to look for music in language. She became a poet; her new book is Music for the Dead and Resurrected, and one of the poems that caught my eye is called 'Music Practice.'

"Mort reads: 'Should I go ahead and profess / that in the name / of that man who played any instrument thrown at him / — a cimbalom, a mandolin, a fiddle — / but ended up quickly killable / once thrown into a war / (not even a Great one at that) / I was drafted into music.'"

Read the story and listen to the broadcast here.

Valzhyna Mort, assistant professor in the Department of English, is a poet and translator born in Minsk, Belarus. She writes in English and Belarusian.

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