The Atlantic received more mail than it had in years. Part of Gioia's mission, it seems, is to break the polite silence, to tell it like. Gioia has cofounded two major literary conferences. "As an impromptu translation in a French II oral exam he writes, Robert Bly's translation of Mallarme "might eke out a passing grade, but as poetry in English, it fails the most rudimentary doesn't even sound like the language of a native speaker." Throughout these. Right now, "poets and the common reader are no longer on speaking terms." Contemporary poets must find ways to reestablish a rapport with the public.
Poetry has vanished as a cultural force in America. If poets venture outside their confined world, they can work to make it essential once more American poetry now belongs to a subculture. But first, the essay the collection gets its name from and one of four essays that make the book worth reading: Can, poetry, matter.
In 1977 he moved to New York to begin a career in business. Two years ago, when Dana Gioia published the title essay to his collection. Eliot and William Carlos Williams earned livings as corporate insurance lawyer, banker and physician, respectively, today "the poet. Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including 99 Poems: New Selected (Graywolf Press, 2016 Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press, 2001 winner of the American Book Award; The Gods of Winter (1991 and, daily Horoscope (1986). Gioia never lets you forget just how unaccountable to the poetry establishment he feels. Gioia claims that a job in business "allowed me to write about whatever interested me most-however odd or unfasionable.". They also establish Dana Gioia as one of the foremost cultural observers of his generation. Even international radio stations picked up the story. Gioia presents the academy as a comfortable, clubby home to poets, and poetry as a "modestly upwardly mobile, middle class profession-not as lucrative as waste management or dermatology, but several big steps above the squalor of bohemia." With lines like these, is it any wonder. In 2001 he began "Teaching Poetry a conference in Santa Rosa, California, dedicated to improving high school teaching of poetry. In an age when literary discourse often seems either bleached of any real content or academic to the point of inaccessibility, the essays in Can Poetry Matter?