Alas, I realized several things. First, support your local bookstores, because they likely have the poetry that Barnes & Noble lacks. For those in the Denver area, look up Tattered Cover Bookstores. They are fairly big and have several locations, but they are still a local bookseller. For those closer to Fort Collins, I recommend Firehouse Books. For my fellow Greeley residents, you are shit out of luck; the last bookstore closed earlier this year. Second, people need to read more poetry. If Barnes & Noble will devote four and a half rows to Christian fiction and nothing to poetry, it is only because Christian fiction sells better. This makes me fear for the part of the state where I live.
This incident with Barnes & Noble is the cause of this blog post. What is poetry? What effect has poetry had on me? How should one read poetry? What is the fate of poetry in American culture at large? These and several other questions came to mind as I mulled over this topic over several days.