The Hummingman, poems
Modern poetry is a pale-faced, wasted genre, long ago confined to the terminal ward of the social imagination. Its vitality has been sapped, and its position in American culture usurped by the electronic media: films, radio, and especially television. The traditional standards of poetic excellence have no great bearing on the issue. It matters not so much that poets still aspire to quality, inspiration, and genius as it does that there are few people willing to read their works. The inescapable fact is that mindless sitcoms and soap operas beamed into countless living rooms across our land are having a far greater impact on the lives of average Americans than poetry has had or ever will have.