Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What Good is Poetry?

Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger
Poet and professor Meena Alexander asks, "What use is poetry?"

Noah Berlatsky replies, "Poetry isn't as useless as a lot of poets say it is."


Anonymous said...

Last year I met poet Raul Zurita. He endured brutality under the Pinochet regime. He spoke of how the people turned to poets to give them a voice in a voiceless time. For this he suffered, as a poet, for the people, as a voice. JP

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him."

— Dylan Thomas


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau