Why Poetry

Matthew Zapruder
Published in 2017
by Ecco

Why Poetry is Matthew Zapruder’s exploration—and defense—of the value of poetry. Zapruder claims no special training is required to enjoy poetry, and suggests that “a poem is like a person. The more you know someone, the more you realize there is always something more to know and understand.” Through this lens, he considers examples by poets ranging from Matsuo Bashō to Adrienne Rich to John Ashbery, and grounds his analysis in stories from his own life as a poet, teacher, and editor at Wave Books.