The poet Joie Bose is also a professor. But she writes like—a poet.
The American 2016 presidential election, which, thanks to both major party candidates, is a mud wrestle, has not yet become amateur. Professionals are ever present in politics, in business, in war, and always will be.
Poetry, however, is now an amateur activity through and through.
Love poems on the internet these days give more pleasure than the obscure, indecipherable poems published in the New York Times.
The poet John Keats, a Romantic Titan, easily one of the ten greatest poets writing in English who ever lived, once a fixture in the American college curriculum, and now growing less known every day—I imagine you could stop a thousand people on the street and none would know the name Keats—once remarked that there was something beautiful about a quarrel, and we all know what he means; you can find…
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