Just a quick question–does anyone read poetry anymore? I’m curious because I used to throw myself into various poets, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, etc and soak up their melancholy. I was young and dramatic. But I also had some super anthologies with poets like e e cummings that I thought was neato and cool, and of course the classic poets of yore. But I’ve not picked up a book of poetry in decades. I’ve never heard of the winner of this award, heck, I never heard of the award! But, that probably is more a reflection upon my ignorance in this field than a comment on how popular or not poetry in this day and age is.
Anyhoo, I’d love to know if I’m the exception, a backwards luddite with little culture, or if I’m more representative of the general public. Let me know–but politely please–a few couplets would be swell.