On May 30th, 2020, Psychology Today featured a blog post on Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem” and the current protests, referencing (and encouraging readers to watch) our Season 1 episode on the poem. How do we deal with suffering? Can poetry provide us comfort? Can it help us move forward?
I hope Harlem isn’t the epitaph for that big, beautiful American dream. If we are to explode, may it be an explosion of compassion, an explosion that evaporates the walls of self-centeredness and brings inclusion.