One of the ongoing issues in the world of jazz made the New York Times today: jazz musicians often have no health insurance, so when they get ill, their friends have to organize benefit performances for them.
This is, of course, a reason to be for universal health insurance (says the American living in Switzerland), but in the absence of that, it's also a reason for performing artists to have teaching jobs if they cannot afford to pay for health insurance.
By extension, this is one of my arguments in favor of giving poets teaching jobs: they get health insurance!
So if you're one of those poets who thinks that creative-writing programs are ruining poetry, just remember that, in one sense at least, they are keeping poetry alive—by keeping poets alive.
Here's the spectacular photo of John Scofield and Joe Lovano from the above article:
(Scofield and Lovano fans: don't worry, they're not sick.)