When I finally got to Adam Kirsch's wacky thesis that "because there is not enough recognition, [people] make art" ["The Fight for Recognition," November 2008], it hit me that he might be writing satire. Kirsch's odd assumption neglects to recognize the myriad reasons why poets write. For starters, there is the completely opposite view, that one might write for someone else—to bless, inspire, help, love. Of course, some would see this as romantic, but you couldn't disprove the notion. Or one might write for the mystery that is the pleasure of language. And then there's Nietzsche: "We have Art in order that we may not perish from Truth." I'm sure the readers of Poetry could think of dozens more reasons why we make art beyond the need for "recognition."