Poetry in Motion

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Back in the days when we used to travel abroad, we'd visit pubs to sample the brews and socialize. After a few pints, as the crowd got louder and rowdier, and as inhibitions ebbed in direct proportion to Guinness consumption -- guess what would break out? Not a bar fight. 

But rather -- poetry.

In Dublin, you'd hear pub regulars reciting verses by Thomas Moore. In Aberdeen, it was Robert Burns. In Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz. Not single lines or snippets -- but entire verses.

I was amazed by how spontaneously the verses flowed. Later, I wondered why I didn't have a similarly-profound grasp of American poetry -- something more than "Once upon a midnight dreary ..." Why wasn't I able to recite "The Raven" in its entirety? I felt like a disgrace, and vowed to take steps towards rehabilitation. Would I let that happen again? Nevermore.

Today's puzzle celebrates an extraordinary talent who's made headlines in 2021. This month is special, as hinted by the clue and answer to 35-Across. A visual element is in play: the placement of the circles is inspired by the honoree's work.

Welcome to Week 516 of Crossword Nation. We invite you to solve "Poetry in Motion" as your diversion of the week.

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