“It is the preference of the people, after all, that gives permanency to poetry”

Abbott_1448442478.jpg – Brian Abbott

In a land of selfies and shots of lunch, poetry thrives – Michael Andor Brodeur – Boston Globe – 4/19/17

“[Abbott] takes to heart a line that’s stuck with him (and that he’s since enshrined on his account) from Edward Frank Allen’s introduction to the 1936 anthology of traditional verse, ‘The Best Loved Poems of the American People’: ‘It is the preference of the people, after all, that gives permanency to poetry’

“’You can make fun of me, but there’s 3 million people that love it, so they win,’ he says, laughing. ‘And deep down, I just think if you love your own [expletive], that’s what matters.’”

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