“Poetry: Who Needs It?” by William Logan in today’s NY Times

“The dirty secret of poetry is that it is loved by some, loathed by many, and bought by almost no one.”—William Logan


I know several readers of this humble blog (including its writer) are deeply interested in poetry. Many are die hard readers of poetry and a subset of that is actively involved in writing poetry.

If you fall into either or both of these pseudo-statistical “cohorts,” you will find William Logan’s piece in this Sunday’s NY Times quite compelling and thought-provoking. I confess it made me both smile and squirm.

Logan is a professor of English at the University of Florida, just down the road from me, and the author of Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasures: The Dirty Art of Poetry as well as of the poetry collection Madame X.





About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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8 Responses to “Poetry: Who Needs It?” by William Logan in today’s NY Times

  1. Thanks for this great link. I follow quite a few bloggers who write poetry or are photographers (or both). Poetry and flowers bring me joy. 🙂

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  2. lahowlett says:

    I participate each week in the LibriVox weekly poetry reading. It’s always interesting to see what the chosen poem for the week will be.


  3. 1WriteWay says:

    I thought his comment that “A child taught to parse a sentence by Dickinson would have no trouble understanding Donald H. Rumsfeld’s known knowns and unknown unknowns” was pretty interesting and makes, in its own way, a good argument for teaching poetry to children.

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  5. russellboyle says:

    Thank you for bringing this article to my attention

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