In the last month I’ve:
- read up on the life of Dana Gioia,
- perused his poetry,
- shouted “Amen!” over and over again while reading his book Can Poetry Matter?,
- and interviewed him twice.
I’ve got to say that he’s becoming one of my heroes. He’s about as qualified an individual as you’ll find on the planet to head up the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s doing a fine job.
Here’s a quote: “At the current rate of loss, literary reading as a leisure activity will virtually disappear in half a century.”
What a great time to be a writer.