Quoting Adrienne Rich
Notebooks on Poetry and Politics:
Chapeter III- What is Found There
I saw, or thought I saw, that poetry has been held both indispensible and dangerous, one way or another, in every country but my own. The mistake I was making was to assume that poetry really is unwanted, impotent, in the late twentieth century United States under the system known as “free” enterprise. I was missing the point precisely because of its recognitive and recollective powers, precisely because in the nation created in the search of wealth, it eludes capitalist marketing, commoditizing, price fixing, poetry has simply set aside, depreciated, denied public space.