You hear all sorts of arguments about how irrelevant poetry is, which I don’t accept. Neither, however, would I argue that poetry is of central cultural importance today, as it may have been at other times and in other cultures. I think that art of one kind or another — music, poetry, painting, dance, whatever — is important to every life as a way to connect the large mystery inside to the large mystery outside. And I think everybody makes that connection through one kind of art or another, but would I say poetry per se is crucial or central? Probably not, not for most people. Yet, somehow, I know we need it in the world — that much I will say, although “we” might be a relatively small group of people. It is important to say, on the other hand, that poetry is alive and well: there is so much energy in the world of contemporary poetry, however small that world might be — so many aesthetic avenues being explored, so much cross-pollination among traditions. I find it an incredibly exciting time to be writing.
— Jane Mead, interviewed by Erin Lyndal Martin for Bookslut