Friday, November 02, 2007

The Demise of Poetry

If there was any doubt about the decline of poetry's readership in the U.S., here are two stories to support the argument.

Last week, the Lehrer News Hour profiled Copper Canyon Press and other Seattle publishers on the state of poetry presses. No new revelations, but still an interesting look inside the world of print publishing. The story is titled "Seattle Poetry Publisher Finds Method to Adapt to Changing Cultural Times." You can read the transcript, watch streaming video, or download the podcast. They also have an extensive list of poets in their poetry series—nice to see poetry represented somewhere in the media today.

Also, poet Rigoberto Gonzalez wrote an article/blog post for the Poetry Foundation called "In Praise of Online Journals."

Don't get me wrong, while poetry seems to be flourishing online and in local communities, I can't help but wonder in a few years if we will even publish poetry books or journals in print anymore.





poet with a day job said...

Don't fret J - I think since the early 1800s "poetry's been on the demise..." it's one of our favorite things to argue about.

January said...

True. But I worry about books and lit journals becoming obsolete.

Despite that, I enjoy online submssions much. Makes the process so much easier

chiefbiscuit said...

I think poetry will continue to be absorbed into our culture the way it always has - it has its place and cannot be obliterated - people need it too much. Even if it's only needed for times when normal words fail ... e.g. funerals and weddings.
It has its place, it cannot be denied. Hail Poetry!!!! :)


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