Why Isn’t Poetry Read?
There is no question that poetry now is by far the least popular literary genre, at least in the English-speaking world. Successful novels sell millions. An incredibly successful book of poems might find a thousand readers. You won’t see a volume of poetry on the New York Times Best Seller list. You’ll find novels, biographies and autobiographies, non-fiction books on history or even science, cookbooks, and self-help or pop psychology books.
The question is why this is so.