Notice that I've changed the name of this site from "Blog" to "Venue." I hate the word "Blog" and feel it to be off putting to others as well. So, welcome, once again, this time to "Ed Coletti's Poetry Venue."
Drawing by Jim Spitzer
Who, Aside From Poets, Read Poetry
As I suspect it might with many of us, this question was troubling me a year ago. I put it out there to several folks. The following were attempts at figuring this out.
Please do join in with your own responses.
First something older from Jack Spicer
This ocean, humiliating in its disguises
Tougher than anything.
No one listens to poetry. The ocean
Does not mean to be listened to. A drop
Or crash of water. It means
Is bread and butter.
Pepper and salt. The death
That young men hope for. Aimlessly
It pounds the shore. White and aimless signals. No
One listens to poetry.
If poets only write poems about poems
well, if you teach a kid to write a poem in a non-traditional way
that kid will have a massive head start when it comes to
learning how to read a poem....which is maybe like
bringing a kid into the kitchen as you cook fish and asparagus
down the line that smell and that involvement might allow them
to enjoy them instead of hide from them
just a thought
Poetry Reading At The County Dump
Salvador studying English comes across
my poems filled with typos tossed to recyle.
“Lying On a Swing in August” transports Sal
to the sky and momentary respite.
“Bologna Station Caffé” returns him
to the Zocalo in Qaxaca Centro.
“The Wasteland by Edward Coletti
confuses him with its shape.
He can smell the familiar rotting carcasses
in “Much More Than Roadkill.”
“What” easily translates to “Que.” but
“¿Como se dice “Treatise” en Español?
“ ‘A Treatise on What,’ what does it matter
why the pigeon disturbs this Coletti?
“Why does this Edward worry that
no one will read him? There is an address,
a phone number, email, should I presume
to contact him? Would he be angry?”
Poetry Foundation's Findings
The Poetry Foundation commissioned the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago to conduct a large-scale, national research study on the state of poetry in America. This groundbreaking study replaces the usual anecdotal information about poetry with factual information about Americans' attitudes toward and experiences with poetry. This research will enable the Foundation, and other literary and cultural institutions, to better understand the factors that bring poetry enthusiasts to their appreciation of poetry as well as those that may dissuade people from engaging with the art form.
Poetry is one of the art forms that defines our culture. It improves the quality of life both for those who create it and for those who appreciate it, educating and invigorating the citizenry, and enhancing people's lives by providing them with deeply meaningful experiences. The extent to which poetry achieves these goals is neither well understood nor easy to quantify.
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