You may need to reread that last sentence for comprehension and effect.
Believe it or not, this was not his punch line. No, he saved that for last. To fully appreciate its silliness in all its glory we need to bear in mind two indisputable facts:
1. There is more poetry¹ being published today than ever before; and,
2. Nobody Reads Poetry.
This is news to no one.
With no hint of irony or self-awareness, Juan Vidal ends his argument with the most ridiculous question ever posed in earnest: "Did they stop speaking, or have we stopped listening?"
Mr. Vidal missed his cue [by generations] and his calling [as a sitcom writer].
¹ - I rarely use the term this loosely.
Episode 1 - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 2 - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 3 - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 4a - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 4b - Poets Say the Funniest Things