A Poetic Comeback

March 27, 2019

Poetry has been around for millennia, so perhaps it would make Homer, Chaucer, and Bashō proud to know that poetry is making quite a comeback among American youth. Jennifer Hizaji takes a look at this rise in popularity for PBS, noting that this is the first increase in poetry reading since about 2002. “Young people are taking the opportunity outside class to continue pursuing and reading and engaging poetry, whether it be in print or through YouTube videos,” says Joseph Green, director of youth programs at Split This Rock, a founding member organization of the Poetry Coalition. “They want it and then they’re replicating it; they’re starting to write their own poems.”

Image credit: Steve Johnson

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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