Does Poetry Matter–Michelle Otero

Poetry in ‘Burque matters to poets and writers, but I would like it to matter to children and workers and politicos and busy people who don’t have time to pick up a book. I would like it to matter the way that Neruda’s poetry did and still does. As long as poetry dwells only in the house of an exclusive club, it will never matter to anyone other than the members of that club, be it the university or the slam.

~Michelle Otero