An essay by Jesse Lichtenstein, “How Poetry Came to Matter Again,” appears in the September 2018 issue of The Atlantic. “The face of poetry in the United States looks very different today than it did even a decade ago,” writes Lichtenstein, “and far more like the demographics of Millennial America. If anything, the current crop of emerging poets anticipates the face of young America 30 years from now.”
New work from 10 poets with disabilities, including Kenny Fries and Sheila Black.
As Grace Schulman writes in a New York Times Op-ed about the Carlson-Wee controversy, “The broader issue here, though, is the backward and increasingly prevalent idea that the artist is somehow morally responsible for his character’s behavior or voice. Writers have always presented characters with unwholesome views; F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens and Shakespeare come immediately to mind. One wonders if editors would have the courage to publish Robert Lowell’s ‘Words for Hart Crane’ or Ezra Pound’s ‘Sestina: Altaforte’ today.”