Why Do Dead Poets Sell More Books Than Live Ones?
From Powells.com :
Top Ten: Thursday, May 15.
- Pocket Poets #04: Howl: And Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
- Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
- Red Bird: Poems by Mary Oliver
- Love: Ten Poems by Pablo Neruda
- Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
- A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
- Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 by William Stafford
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
- Whitman: Poetry and Prose (Library of America) by Walt Whitman
For the poets on this list not with us anymore, I understand that that their works have endured long after their deaths for a reason—because they're damn good. But casual readers stick to what they know: dead poets. And there are so many wonderful, talented writers out there if readers would take the time to look for them.
Am I wrong here?