“Can poetry do something to preserve the rule of law and make America better or ameliorate the mess we’re now in”? Probably not.


“Because the people who are reading the kinds of poetry that I follow are overwhelmingly Clinton voters — almost exclusively, actually, which wasn’t the case in previous elections. The informed conservative elites, some of whom are interesting as poets and poetry critics (I follow some on Twitter!), were not Trump voters.

“Poetry can explain individuals to ourselves, and change our attitudes, and help us see the complexity of the world, but the kind of poetry I follow isn’t going to change public opinion directly. Other art forms can — if you’re a TV writer, you have some interesting challenges, or if you’re a country musician, somebody like Brad Paisley. But poetry not so much.”

-Stephen Burt, from You didn’t know it but Trump’s America might be explained best by a poet – Jeff Guo – The Washington Post – December 21, 2016

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