Garrison Keillor: The Secret Delight of Poetry (Washington Post)
Poets get the girl. Football heroes get concussions or need hip replacements. My classmates who played football are walking with canes and moaning when they sit down, and they find it hard to figure out the 10 percent tip at lunch. We poets go sashaying along, perpetually 17, lost in wonder at the ordinary, astonished by streetlights, in awe at lawn ornaments, bedazzled by baristas releasing steam into milk for the lattes.
Alexandra Petri: ‘Poetry is not dead,’ says poetry (Washington Post)
I would not, for your health, recommend attacking poetry.
Stephen Moss: What is the future of poetry? (Guardian)
What is poetry for? Who is it for? And can it really be on the ascendant? Stephen Moss (who has, sadly, not become the next Oxford professor of poetry) reports from the front line.