From the NYRBlog:
In a country in which schools seem to teach less literature every year, where fewer people read books and ignorance reigns supreme regarding most issues, poetry is read and written more than ever. Anyone who doesn’t believe me ought to take a peek at what’s available on the web . . . As far as I could see, there was more poetry being read and written than at any time in our history.
The whole thing – the ‘confessions’ of a former U.S. poet laureate – is worth reading.