The New Republic on hating poetry

Last week, The New Republic published a thoughtful review of Ben Lerner’s new book, The Hatred of Poetry, with the slightly less auspicious title “What’s the Matter with Poetry?” In it, activist-poet Ken Chen attempts to dissect Lerner’s assertions about the relationship between poetry, with all of its high and lofty ideals, and the politics of everyday life. Chen’s review, which contains links to several other thoughtful commentaries on modern poetry’s role in society, gives English and creative writing teachers some things to think about, as we educate the next generation of poets.


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