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Why Are People Afraid of Poetry?

I was talking with someone today (now I’ve done it) about why so many folks would rather read a piece of prose–any piece of prose–over a poem. The reasoning is that it takes many reads to "get" a poem, so it’s harder to engage. When I teach, even in poetry classes with poetry students, the same issues come up:–Why don’t I get this? Should I? What am I missing?–What does the author mean?–I