I admit, I have been chasing poetry, and have found that for the most part, no one is winning the poetry race…!
In the last week or so, I have visited somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 to 300 poetry and literary sites, and I have come away from that experience with a few less than humble opinions.
- Chasing poetry is a complete waste of time.
- Poetry, what it is, and how it should be written, is subjective.
- Readers find it easier to comment on critiques of poems, rather than the poems themselves.
- Poets are the bastard children of the literary world.
- There is far more poor poetry than rich poetry.
- Poets seem to only help poets who write like they do.
- There is no true academy of poets.
- There are more obstacles to having a poem published than a U.S. Marine has to traverse in order to prepare for war.
- Poets lie, through their comments to other poets when it serves their ulterior purposes.
- The biggest on-line poetry sites, do not allow interaction between readers and writers.
- Moronic, easy to cipher poetry, has a better chance at an audience than a poem written with erudition.
- Poets who find it especially hard to find publishers start blogs, or their own on-line magazines.
- The best indication of poetry’s lack of merit by our society, is the paucity of advertisers willing to pay to advertise in a poetry journal.
- You really can’t make a living as a poet, but you can generate an income as a teacher teaching others how to become teachers who will live lives of obscurity, teach still others to write or teach, or who will give up on the whole endeavor, and become insurance sales people.
- Women seem to be more egalitarian when it comes to opening themselves up to poetic diversity.
- Poetry prizes are generally not worth the travel expense it takes to receive one in person.
- Poetry as a resonate part of an oral culture is almost dead.
- Poets are partially to blame, as co-conspirators for the demise of poetry.
- Blogrolls are useless for generating any true traffic to your site, but they do seem to please other poets who need the sense of validation that it brings.
- If poets have any hope of reviving poetry to its once exalted cultural status, they will clearly need to participate and connect with their intended audiences in ways that are much different than they currently are attempting.
Hey, call me a cry baby, or call me an elitist – whatever…