William Johnson

Can Poetry Matter?

Can poetry matter to us? Should it? How might it address, or even correct, the frenzy of electronic overload and the barrage of artificial media that increasingly assault us? Poems, especially when remembered or read aloud, offer moments of bodily recognition and spiritual insight, an antidote, however quiet, in a world where so much is brash, ephemeral, cheap and mass-produced. Poetry reminds us how exhilarating it is to hear one unique human voice speaking freshly about what matters.