Why poetry?

January 11, 2017


If you sometimes find yourself musing, “Why bother writing poetry?” critic Daniel Halpern offers some answers in The New York Times Book Review. Noting that “the language of poetry avoids the quotidian — but the best poetry simultaneously celebrates the quotidian,” Halpern looks for reasons Why from poets past and present. It’s not a long article, but possibly worth pinning up on the bulletin board next to your desk for those long days of doubt.