All poets have the consolations pretty well memorized: "the unacknowledged legislators of the World," and "It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there." Maybe we take comfort in the knowledge that one of the French Revolution's leaders, Saint-Just, was a poet and got right in the mix; he's the one who said, "those who make revolutions by halves only dig their own graves." Such maxims, and such moments of boldness, are particularly useful in the face of most poets' lifetimes of evidence suggesting near universal indifference. Indeed, consolations aside, that's poetry's thing: Profitless and strange, it's what nobody really... More >>>