Member Rara Avis
You're right, SEA, a lot of people do indeed still read poetry. Our main site is still estimated in the Top 4,000 Most Visited Sites on the Internet.
However, while there's still a lot of people reading poetry, there's sure not as much as there used to be.
We still get roughly one million visitors a month. We used to get more. Two, sometimes, three times that much.
It's not just our poetry, either.
If you look at a graph from Google on how many people searched for "poems", from 2004 to present, you can see almost exactly the same trend as I've noticed for the main site. It's roughly half what it used to be.
(See that spike in the graph every year? That's Valentine's Day. That's the week or two no one sees me in the forums 'cause the main site is keeping me jumping. Even that, though, is now mild by comparison.)
Honestly, the article you found, Sue, is good news for me. I already knew poetry reading was on the decline. It's good to hear, though, that people are still reading and fiction, at least, is on the rise.
Maybe we should all spend more time in the Passions in Prose forum?