This began as a discussion in "Why did you join this forum?" There seemed to be some interest in this as a topic on it's own, so I've quoted a couple of the comments here, to get the ball rolling (or not) What I have seen is the occasional niche book that combines some poetry, withe other elements like photographs and cartoons, wrapped together to illustrate a personal philosophy. Also, I've seen novels that incorporate poetry in the story, and it can, if well done, enrich the story/ But poetry standing alone? Occasionally I'll see a lonely poetry book on the bargain cart on the sidewalk near the bookstore entrance. But even magazines seem to shy away from publishing poetry. Let's face it: poetry is not for the casual reader. Greeting card poetry elicits a smile and a "Thank you", before the recipient dives into the real gifts (or listens to why they should forgive you). Real poetry, however, takes work to appreciate, and most readers don't get enough out of it for the effort they invest. So I don't see much of a market for poetry either. But I do think it is a worthwhile skill to practice, and it can improve your writing for more marketable forms. And don't forget the music industry. Lyrics may differ in some respects from poetry, but they are unquestionably related. Thoughts?