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Who Reads Poetry

If all your friends read poetry, would you read it too? We think so, and here’s why.

Since 2005, Poetry magazine has collected testimonials about how and why people read poems. These essays appear in a special section of the magazine called “The View from Here,” and many are collected in the anthology Who Reads Poetry (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Below you’ll find all of those pieces, written by a fascinating array of people who rely on poems in their everyday lives.

The Art World
Civic Life
Bolts of Melody
Scientific Minds
Bookishness
In Faith