Private: Poetry Magazine to be “run like a good corporation”

John W. Barr, an investment banker who’s taught poetry at Sarah Lawrence, is now president of the Poetry Foundation, where a $100 million gift from Ruth Lilly remains largely unspent. In a recent conversation with The New York Times, Mr. Barr “insisted that there would be no conflict between his commitment to good management and his love of poetry: and “said Stevens and Eliot ‘broke a lot of ice for us all’ by combining careers in business and poetry.”