What led me to his post though, was These States of Poetry, written by James Engelhardt. Most likely I would not have read Gillespie’s blog post, if he hadn’t commented on Engelhardt’s post. It was the only comment on the Prairie Schooner blog post though, and it directly confronts what Engelhardt wrote. It was interesting to read the response, and I’m curious if a greater conversation will take place between the two.
Like many items on the web, I came across this in a roundabout way. It seems true that for most people, poetry is unimportant. In, Let Poetry Die, Patrick Gillespie addresses some of the issues and perceptions surrounding contemporary poetry. It’s thoughtful and provoking.