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The New York Times asks, “Does Poetry Matter?” -- Poetry News

In response to David Biespiel’s essay in this month’s Poetry Magazine, Gregory Cowles investigates whether or not poets have a place in civic life: I had some fun substituting “pipe fitter” for “poet” throughout Biespiel’s essay (“As go America’s pipe fitters, so goes American democracy”), because, really, shouldn’t everyone be more engaged? And I’m not sure [...]
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