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Debbie Harris

March 11, 2013  8:15pm

Beautifully written article. Now I am hoping Christianity Today will start to accept Christ centered poetry. :) Blessings!

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Heather Munn

March 08, 2013  9:43pm

Roger McKinney, you should try Richard Wilbur's poetry. That's 20th century poetry it's possible you would like.

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Hannah N.

March 06, 2013  12:11pm

The low status of poetry in the U.S. is indeed puzzling, when you consider its continued acclaim around the world in places like Afghanistan, Poland, Chile. I think it's linked to the broader distrust of "high" culture and anti-intellectualism in our democracy. Meanwhile, poetry slams, open mics, and writing workshops flourish and grow. People sense that poetry still has power. And something like the Favorite Poem Project, founded by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, reveals that many Americans continue to treasure poetry in a deep way - http://www.favoritepoem.org. And as to poetry that doesn't rhyme and is occasionally obscure... have you read the Psalms lately?

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Roger McKinney

March 05, 2013  8:39pm

Don't blame the public for disliking poetry. Academics and modern poets have done all in their power to make the public hate poetry. Modern poetry has no rhyme or rhythm and strives to be as obscure as possible. Afghan poetry tries to communicate; modern US poetry tries to obfuscate. I love poetry from the 19th century. I haven't read anything but silly limericks written in the 20th century that I would read.

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Mary Mueller

March 05, 2013  6:34pm

Beautiful, poignant and a wonderful apologetic for poetry.

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Mary Mueller

March 05, 2013  6:24pm

Beautiful, poignant, and an excellent apologetic for poetry.

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Tim Fall

March 05, 2013  5:28pm

"For many of them, poetry is their only form of education." Poetry as a form of education? Powerful concept, and subversive to some. Then again, education often is. Cheers, Tim ( timfall.wordpress.com ) P.S. For those who practice their reverse snobbery by poopooing poetry, I bet they enjoy a good Shel Silverstein lyric when they hear it. "A Boy Named Sue", anyone?

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Sheila Lagrand

March 05, 2013  1:19pm

Preach it! It seems we've forgotten the value of beauty, of wonder, of fresh representations of universal truths.

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