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Excerpt from The Street Performer / Le Chanteur des Rues by Oswald Durand, a 19th-century Haitian poet featured in Montclair State University’s Les Phares Haïtiens digital repository. Illustration by Rejy Joseph Roc/The Haitian Times

When Professor Elizabeth Emery first brought poetry to her class at Montclair University in New Jersey in early 2021, the students were iffy about it, not knowing what to expect or if the unit would be boring.

Emery asked if they had Spotify accounts, and everyone gave a resounding ‘yes.’ 

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