As poetry practitioners, we certainly have many concerns about this
pseudo profession. Legitimate or otherwise, these concerns of ours must,
we believe, be shared by many poetry enthusiasts, including literary theoreticians, teachers,
students and readers as well as poetry writers/editors/publishers, although with varying degrees. To address these concerns, we begin to
introduce one poetic topic for online discussions on the first day of
each month, hoping to generate some readerly interest and even critical
attention. While we welcome everyone to drop by our chat room to make a
casual comment, throw in an email, or write a serious essay, we will
publish any written response that we think might be informative, inspiring or intriguing to our reading public. Even if there is no verbal feedback at all, we will nevertheless feel delighted if the topic can make someone stop for a moment to ponder over it. (Editors of Poetry Pacific)
One of the greatest poetic paradoxes we are facing today is this: while
people are still as ready as before to express themselves verbally in
certain poetic way, they have become extremely reluctant to read poetry,
let alone pay to do so while there are various other free forms of
entertainment available to them. On the one hand, there are writers
willing to contribute thousands of hours and/or dollars to the publication
of their poetry books, or pay dozens, even hundreds of dollars, just to
get their single poems published by a vanity press; on the other, there
are poems as good as, if not better than, any masterpieces by a major
figure in literary history or a Nobel prize winner, which few would pay a few bucks to buy or download the publication where such poems appear. Indeed, we are living in a world where there seem to be far more poetry manufacturers than poetry consumers. With more poetry writers than poems, more poetry books or
journals than readers, and more poetry publishers than editors, poetry has become a true gift-economy. Ironically, free as these gifts are from the very hearts of poetry writers, they find few eager receivers, nor are they often duly appreciated, even if many of them may have cost whole lifetimes.
Is Poetry really dying like our Hero, or already dead like Nietzsche's God?
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