Yeah, keeping up with contemporary poetry through the local public library would have to be nearly impossible unless you were good friends with the librarian and they had a budget for such things. Back when I was in high school, the library there actually had a much better collection than the town did, and the librarian would buy any poet I recommended. Didn’t realize how lucky we were.

I’ve picked up terrific poetry books in the public library discard bins even in well-heeled State College, PA. Lucky for me, but sad for the town.