Poetry readers were in the mood for 'Kindness' in 2018

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NEW YORK (AP) — Poetry readers this year have been in the mood for kindness.

The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on poets.org. More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on to the poem, which features such lines as “It is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes.” Nye, 66, said in a statement that she was inspired to write the poem after she was robbed on a bus in Colombia and a man, whom she remembered as an “Indian in a white poncho,” was murdered. She praised a passing stranger who asked what happened and was thankful to have her pencil and notebook, and to be alive.

Nye’s books include “Transfer” and “Red Suitcase.”

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