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“Dividing Lines”: On Poetry and Diplomacy

Author Christopher Merrill poses with a group that is participating in a Lines and Spaces Creative Writing Workshop program in Morocco. (Photo courtesy of the International Writing Program)

Chris's essay for DipNote, the U.S. Department of State's official blog, is about the deep connection between poetry and diplomacy—from promoting clarifying discussions integral to diplomacy to strengthening our powers of empathy. "Vital meetings can take place within a single line of verse," Chris asserts.


Read the essay now.