About the same time as reading about novelist Martin Amis's pronunciation of the death of poetry, I came across a cool new feature from the American Academy of Poets -- the national online poetry map. Click on any state in the union on the map, and you get poets who live in that state, upcoming events, poems about the state, poetry publishers, and a list of poetry-friendly bookstores, as well as organizations.
I clicked on Maine, and learned that Betsy Sholl is the poet laureate of the Pine Tree State. Go to Kansas, you can visit Langston Hughes's boyhood hometown, in Lawrence. If you hurry, you can get to the Poetry Atlanta Poets event June 16, at Wordsmith Books, a new store in Decatur, Ga. For a dead or dying form, poetry seems to be remarkably vigorous.