Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Poetry

"I Tweet, therefore I am.” Not, René Descartes.

April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry has been known to employ meter and rhyme, but this is by no means necessary. Poetry is an ancient form that has gone through numerous and drastic reinvention over time. The very nature of poetry as an authentic and individual mode of expression makes it nearly impossible to define, however, I will try: how's dead or at least on the verge of extinction?

When was the last time a hot new poet was downloaded on iTunes?

Have we forgone the patience necessary to open our hearts to explore expression?

Is our societal requirement of immediacy diluting the requirement of cadence and nuance needed for wonderful prose?

Can we truly articulate our most passionate and descriptive thoughts within the newfangled 140 word requirement?

I could only imagine what creative stifling Yates, Dickinson, Cummings and Frost would suffer if they also had to monitor their Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

Like the art of a hand written note, the use of poetry seems to be a thing of the past. Do you think there is any correlation towards the increasing depletion of chivalry?!


Gregory Salsburg
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  1. I totally agree, but unfortunately times a changin’. You have given more thought to poetry in this blog then the country has in its entirety. I actually wrote a poem to my wife at Ithaca College, had a women re-write it in calligraphy and frame it as well. It made her so happy that she still has it in our bedroom, in the drawer of her nightstand. I haven’t written a poem since, and all the nice cards I have given her have all found themselves in the garbage over the years. The poem has stood the test of time. That will show you the power of poetry my friend. I never realized it until now, but thanks for the blog.

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