Are there really that many more male poets?

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I’ve never really thought about it before, but yesterday I went to West Chester to attend a craft lecture by David Yezzi (which was great, as was the buffet afterward, the fellowship around the table, and the reading later). Anyway, I purchased The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets and noticed later that the ratio of male to female poets in it is 2.5:1 (35 poets – 25 are male, 10 female). So I wondered, are there really that many more male poets than female? While I realize the majority of students who attended his reading probably did so as a requirement for a class they’re taking, I would venture to guess that 90% of those in attendance were young women.

I just found it interesting, that’s all. I think….

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