In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in theAtlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.Gioia, Dana is the author of 'Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture', published 2002 under ISBN 9781555973704 and ISBN 1555973701.