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Saturday, January 17, 2009

more poetry news

Talking about poetry and politics-

In today's America, poetry is either high art or lowbrow commerce. It comes either from avant-garde poets, writing only for a snobbish elite and ignored by the broad public; or from commercial sources, assembly-line verses crammed into a Hallmark card, written for the masses and spurned by the tastemakers. In today's culture, the most popular poems are usually song lyrics, from rock anthems to rat-a-tat rap songs about the thug life. They're not the kind of poetry you read on marble platforms for presidents and Supreme Court justices.

Mystery & Birds: 5 Ways to Practice Poetry

A little obligatory Poe

Kay Ryan (current poet Laureate) loses her partner to cancer

1 comment:

Tom Sanchez Prunier said...

Hey Shann,

What a challenge, to define True Poetry. While the excerpt makes sense, that the far extremes of poetry receive much of the attention, it begs the question: What exactly is True Poetry.

Maybe True Poets are those spoken to by soundless voices, who write because they have to, like I described introducing you last Thursday night. You see where I'm going with this...