Poor Poetry! It always seems like it has some explaining to do. I mean, people don't usually ask if Music or Dance are dead, or if television matters anymore, or what non-representational painting is good for anyway. So why is poetry constantly on the defensive?
April may be "the cruelest month," but it's also National Poetry Month (contrary to the Poetry Foundation's April Fool's announcement that National Poetry Month has been cancelled)! Every April since 1996-- poets, readers, teachers, critics, and publishers have used National Poetry Month as a time to rally the troops and get people interested in the world's oldest literary art form.