In the name of culture, in the name of the arts, in the name of all that is good in the world,
The Washington Post says poetry is going extinct. It’s an art form, just like dance or music, but the problem is, a lot of it sucks because a lot of people who shouldn’t be writing “poetry” are writing what they call “poetry,” and it’s just not good. I won’t name any names, but the bad poets are ruining it for the good ones, because people are afraid to go to the store and buy it. Also the abundance of good poetry online makes the sales numbers sag so it looks like extinction. Read it, but know it’s not true.
It’s not extinction, it’s evolution. Some poets just give it away, and they should. Because it’s crap. Some poets sell it and they shouldn’t. Because it’s crap. But some poets really go to the trouble of thinking out things, structures, forms, concepts, and putting them into words and imagery, metaphor, simile, et cetera, and they make it good. Those are the ones you’re looking for.
I know, a lot of poetry is just shit. Sorry, bad poets, I’m calling you out, just not by name. I know you hear stuff on the radio or in popular songs and you just want to gag because it’s so bad. But there are good poets out there. I may or may not be one of them. If you don’t explore the world of poetry, classic and contemporary, and encourage your children to do the same, they will miss out on the joy of Dr Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and later, they’ll miss out on appreciating James Taylor, William Shakespeare and other greats. And they may or may not find a good contemporary poet who isn’t spewing the crap they put on contemporary bubblegum popular songs- although there is, rarely, brilliance to be found there as well.
Not all poetry is shit. All I am saying is give poetry a chance. Visit your local bookstore today! Or go online, and find an obscure poet on Amazon or Smashwords or wherever, and buy their book! Don’t let poetry die. I implore you. It’s not all bad! It’s just got a bad rap. Oh and not all rap is bad either, I like a lot of it, just not the ones where they overuse the word “Fuck” because it rhymes with “Fuck.”