Useful poets

Quote from a terrific essay I just read in the new issue of Poetry magazine:

“Society now” — to use the term loosely and inaccurately — ” is insistent that poetry is of little use. By a strange irony this seems to have led to the demand that actual poets, as against their work, be more visibly useful than ever before.”

– Eavan Boland (from Islands Apart: A Notebook)

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