I want to start a project here: to rescue Poetry from the media abyss into which it has fallen.
We need a campaign to "popularize" poetry.
Let me give you an example of that abyss:
When was the last time you saw a poet on tv?
When was the last time you turned to "Book Chat" & saw a poet interviewed?
When was the last time outside of a dry as dust academic quarterly you found mention of a poem taken seriously or even appreciated?
This morning I watched Sunday Morning & once again-- they cover every art form except poetry. This time they even had a segment on video games in museums! No poetry.
Ovation goes to extreme lengths to cover every art form-- except poetry. I have seen the most absurd programming reaching to the heavens to proclaim some kind of artistic endeavor-- puppeteers, people who pee in a bucket onstage, etc,,-- but when was the last time they interviewed or had a poet on? Even a program about a poet? I can't recall.
PBS? No poets in sight-- even on their book programs. In the morning I sometimes catch a discussion about philosophy, ethics, even semantics. Never-- I repeat never-- have I found them discussing poetry
Understand, I'm not talking about an interview with the Laureate at the Library of Congress or some professor droning on endlessly.as he "explains" the verse of Wordsworth (although even that would be something). I'm talking about what shd/ be a viable contemporary art form in present-day America.There are thousands of poets in this country-- surely one of them deserves some air time!
The internet attests to the writing and reading of poetry on a large scale. But the media ignores us.
Where's the village poet represented in the media?
May I suggest, we all of us, write to an arts program somewhere-- Sunday Morning wd/ be a good place to start-- & Ovation-- & ask that they represent our art?
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