Full Interview found here.
Le Guin’s critique of American poetry has been popping up a lot lately. Is it really different else where? Robert Frost didn’t gain much popularity until he was published in England.
SICHA: Poets are a special class. You’re like the wild ponies of the writing world.
LE GUIN: For one thing, the world of poetry that poets have to live in, of who reads them, is so small in the United States. It’s not true elsewhere. But here, it’s not a very big territory, and so they run around spraying the corners and defending their part of it. Poets get very territorial, and that’s too bad; that’s a waste of time.
Americans don’t read poetry, is that what it comes down to? And the people who do read poetry read a very select kind.