The Anxiety of Poetry
Poetry can be used as therapy, but to suggest that poetry’s therapeutic utility is its worth is severely misdirected. If poetry is worthwhile because it can make us feel better, then it is unclear why reading poetry is in fact better than, after a long day, opening a beer and binge-watching Gossip Girl. But many appear to see the writing of poetry as perhaps a most potent antidote to alienation and despair. If this correlates to how much poetry is being produced, we then need to face just how many people appear to feel alienated and in despair, with a need to express it.
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