For more than a decade, The New Criterion has devoted a large portion of its April issue to poetry, offering both an expanded section of verse (we are particularly proud of “More Like the Stars,” Christian Wiman’s haunting meditation on mortality) and a clutch of reviews and essays on poets and their art.

There are many reasons that we devote special attention to poetry, beginning with the centrality of the art in the patrimony of human culture. Whether poetry continues to occupy a central position—or even a position of importance—in the hurly-burly of contemporary culture is an interesting, and doubtless an open, question. To be sure, every teacher, and probably m ...