Does Poetry Matter?

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Yesterday’s New York Times posed this question to poetry superstars Tracy K. Smith, Martin Espada, William Logan, Paul Muldoon, Sandra Beasley, Patrick Rosal, and our own David Biespiel. Whether by “educat[ing] the senses,” combatting irony, or “ritualiz[ing] human life,” suffice it to say, the answer is Yes.


Liv Lansdale is the book reviews editor for poetsatwork.com. Her favorite sentence of the 18th century is from Wollstonecraft and refers to men as "bugbears." She is actively seeking the perfect mojito. More from this author →