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USM Celebrates National Poetry Month

April was national poetry month and, to celebrate, all University School of Milwaukee freshmen were invited to read, listen to, and respond to the work of contemporary poets as part of the Dear Poet Project, an initiative of the Academy of American Poets.

Basma Daham ’21 wrote a letter to professional poet Alberto Ríos in response to his poem “Don’t Go Into the Library.” Ríos then selected Daham’s letter as one that he personally replied to. Daham’s original letter and Ríos’ response have both recently been posted online.

“It’s quite an honor that Basma’s letter—because of her heartfelt, thoughtful writing—has been selected by this highly accomplished poet and by the Academy,” said Upper School English Teacher and English Department Chair Emily Tymus Ihrke.
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