Why is poetry important?
I read poetry for pleasure, it relaxes me. However more fundamentally it is one of the few sober pastimes dedicated to illuminating all aspects of the human experience. Poetry reveals absurdity and disrupts the imagined order.
It reminds us that there is another reading to life beyond the laundry list of chores and concerns that embattle us daily, that there’s a life behind life that can be glimpsed if however fleetingly.