One wonders if “poetry” at the turn of the 21st century isn’t perhaps expendable.
Do we really need it?
Or is “real” poetry to be found, as some people now argue, in hip-hop culture or the poetry slam?
Or perhaps in New Formalist attempts to restore the iambic pentameter or tetrameter to its former position?
–Marjorie Perloff, Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy
U of Alabama Press, 2004