Poetry on the page is a lost art. I don’t see a ton of books of poetry on the New York Times Best Sellers list. But I don’t think poetry is dead– it’s just evolving. A lot of poetry has simply been absorbed into music. And some pro-poetry foundations are interested in innovating the medium, which is not always great for popular appeal.
But to me, poetry offers us a very unique benefit. Well crafted poems add moral strength and unique life understanding. Their symbolic purpose in our culture will never be replaced. As my tenth-grade English teacher said, “Everyone should have a good sonnet or two memorized– just in case…”
If you’re new to poetry, check out this page on my other blog to get started with a few good ones. Or check out some of my own poetry below.