Poetitorial: not saving the planet21 AUGUST 2017 by ko ko thett Majorie Perloff claims “art is disinterested”. Art is disinterested, and selfish. Poetry is the most selfish art. Unless the coital union of two water buffaloes or any other act of nature is a poetry performance to you, poetry is an exclusively human art. Even among humans, poetry speaks only to humans who share the same language, verbal or visual.