Click on the title to read the NY Times article. This is a letter I sent in response.
With all due respect to the money producing arts, poetry is alive and well though most poets earn little or no money directly from their work. The poet's reward is in the making of the work and the ability to participate in the discussion that the arts create. Since great poetry is free and available online, poets and other artists are able to learn from, and comment on, the work that is being created right now. I am thankful poets, not conglomerates, decide who the poets are. Without the incentive of money and fame, an art exists, and is populated by, people whose main concern is in the art itself. Poetry is free, I see no reason why the other arts shouldn’t be as well.