Wendy MacLeod ponders some frequently posed questions relating to poetry. It wouldn’t be in McSweeney if it wasn’t liberally peppered with humour.
This one is my favourite:
Why do people go to poetry readings?
Some go to get signed copies of books that may one day be worth something on eBay. Some go because it makes them look arty and deep. But most use poetry readings as a gentle, non-addictive sleep aid.
I can’t help thinking that there’s more than hint of truth in that!