In fact, these days most of the conversation in my in box and in my outbox has to do with politics. And politics, I've come to believe, is irrelevant and possibly deleterious to the job of instructing.
On the other hand, every half-wit poet knows to quote Williams on this topic....
“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there."
(From William Carlos Williams’ Asphodel That Greeny Flower.)
So here's a question:
Have you ever read a book, story or poem that saved your life?