Friday, February 8, 2008

The Poet Laureate Says...

As the poet laureate of the United States, what are you doing to increase the public’s interest in poetry at a time when cultural alarmists insist that reading is on its way out? Poetry doesn’t need much promotion. It is doing quite well in this country. I gave a reading the other night in Concord, N.H., with two former poet laureates — Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin —and 740 people came. That’s a lot of people!
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Elizabeth said...

What a treat to see Charles Simic.
I do think that there is quite a strong poetry underground out there.
When I taught creative writing all the kids said they HATED poetry and then ended up saying it was the BEST.

Jennifer Thermes said...

Elizabeth- That's so nice to hear!