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Poetry On The Decline?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 10:04 PM Karen Hood

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., asks bloggers if poetry is really on the decline or if poems are on the upswing in their own niche market. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc. has just published Frost of Spring Green, A Collection of Poetry by Karen Jean Matsko Hood. The question is: Will poetry be bought by the general readers, or will it be purchased by the avid few? We invite both published poets and emerging poets to join in a lively debate on the merits of poetry.

5 Responses to “Poetry On The Decline?”

  1. Ryan Dunlavy says:

    I feel that the decline of poetry is mainly due to the fact that social networking and E-books are taking over. You can find a great deal of new poetry on the internet. Try looking at karensblog.net under the creative writing section. I posted one of my poems there yesterday. This is a very interesting and informative blog.

  2. Beverly K says:

    Poetry has never been very high on my list of a “good read.” I do enjoy some poetry, but most of it seems to be beyond me.

  3. Mistylynn says:

    For me, I don’t like reading poetry. It’s a lot about stuff from the writer’s perspective and I can’t seem to get inside their head. When I think about poetry it is usually because it is mine. I see poetry as more of a means for the writer to express what he/she is feeling at a given moment so later they can look back and reflect upon it. I see it more as words between a person and their maker. IF someone read my poetry they might think I needed to be locked up or put in an institution because of the negative, depressive writing because they are not in my head. Now when I look at it I can say that I don’t need to be locked up because I took the time to write out my feelings in that poetry. Therefore, what would have driven me crazy if I had kept it inside keeps me sane because I let it out. That’s why I think poetry is more for the writer than those reading it.

  4. Mistylynn says:

    On the other hand, I think poetry is a great thing for others and therefore would still be around after many more years. If someone feels they are not eloquent enough to create the right words to express what they are feeling (like say when someone is in love) all they have to do is find another highly sensitive, feeling person that has already put those feelings into words and they can use the poet’s words to help them communicate what’s in their heart.

    Love will always speak the language of poetry.

  5. Sharron Thompson says:

    Poetry has never been my favorite reading material either. I have read a fair amount of poetry and after I have read it I am thinking “What are they trying to say here?” A lot of it is too “deep” for me to process, and when I read I want to relax and not have to wrack my brain to understand what the author is trying to say. I also agree that a lot of poetry is written to express a person’s inner feelings and that it is hard to understand unless you are in that situation.


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