"I believe poetry is the most honest, courageous, and powerful expression of the human mind and heart in concert. I am honored to be the new editor of this critical series. Deep in my heart, I believe South Carolina can become known for far more than its beautiful beaches, its great football team, its archaic gun laws, and now a few state legislators who are trying to return us to the Stone Age regarding education and enlightenment. We are a better state than we are showing ourselves to be in these modern times. Poetry has the amazing power to lead us to the heart ground and to the high ground, far far away from hate and fear, if we allow it to."