Tree Swenson, the executive director of the Academy of American Poets (AAP), says that reading in general may have declined but its actually benefitting poetry because, in her words, Poems are short and there is still the need for literature.
The increased interest in poetry cant necessarily be seen from looking at bookstore receipts, but Swenson says thats because the poem itself is the medium of exchange, not necessarily a book of poems.
The AAP plans to promote National Poetry Month by giving away 33,000 poetry anthologies as well as sponsoring several readings.
There will also be an online project called Lifelines where people can log onto www.poets.org and randomly quote their favorite lines of poetry.
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