Does Poetry Matter?

Thanks to all who participated in a fabulous session on “Poems about Animals” yesterday. The topic triggered some truly interesting, challenging discussions and gave us insights into some extraordinary poems. Thanks also to Susan Koppersmith for bringing the following newsworthy article from the New York Times to our attention.

David_BiespielDavid Biespiel’s most recent book of poems is “Charming Gardeners.” His anthology “Poems of the American South” is due out next month in the Everyman’s Library series.

I write this by campfire light in the back country of British Columbia, cut off from the digital world and miles from the nearest town.

Every society we’ve ever known has had poetry, and should the day come that poetry suddenly disappears in the morning, someone, somewhere, will reinvent it by evening.

Since ancient times, as long as we’ve had language, poetry has ritualized human life. It has dramatized and informed us with metaphors and figures of feeling and thought, mysteries and politics, birth and death, and all the occasions we experience between womb and tomb.

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