Loving Poems But Not Poetry Books

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Although Americans’ love for poetry has yet to reach the wild heights of Abu Dhabi’s hit reality show Million’s Poet where 70 million global viewers watched dueling versifiers vie for a $1.3 million cash prize, Americans are actively involved in reading it—particularly outside the traditional literary arenas of bookstores and libraries.

That is: Americans really enjoy writing and reading poetry, to the point of sharing it on social media, yet they don’t buy poetry books. Over at The Millions, Kate Angus investigates what’s behind Americans’ love for poems but not for poetry books.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →