David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The State of American Poetry Address


Poets, Poetesses, and Unacknowledged Legislators of Mankind:

I address you at a moment unprecedented in the history of Poetry. I use the word “unprecedented,” because at no previous time has American poetry been as seriously threatened as it is today.

Since the permanent formation of the art of American poetry under the Constitution, in 1789, most of the periods of crisis in our history have related to our narrative affairs.