I remember being fascinated by the 20th century poetry that my 10th grade English teacher introduced to the curriculum. But since science fascinated me more, I didn't keep up my interest in poetry. Reading Jay Parini's "Why poetry matters" has reminded me what I'm missing. The concepts he presents open up poetry to those who haven't yet "gotten it." He defines technical words right in the text, which I appreciated. He is a poet himself, but has patience with those of us who aren't. I look forward to applying even the little I absorbed to the poetry books I put on hold right after finishing "Why poetry matters."