Just as a vaccine triggers immunity by simulating infection, this infusion of poetry has helped inoculate me against bad writing and sloppy language. By controlled exposure to poetry, dosed out in stanzas, I have been infected, in the best possible way, with the charm and beauty of literature. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Emily F. Popek is assistant editor at The Daily Star. She can be reached at 423-1000, ext. 217, or firstname.lastname@example.org.