I heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
- from "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan performed by Jason Mraz
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #15|
In "Does poetry still matter?" by Brandon Griggs we read:
Polito, the Poetry Foundation president, argues that poetry's reach shouldn't be measured merely by sales of books or literary journals. As it has with everything else, the Internet has democratized poetry by making it free and instantly accessible to everyone, he said.
"There's clearly a paradigm shift going on," he said. "A lot of people experience poetry¹ not through printed books ... but online and through social media."
In our first post on the topic of social media we showed how this is done, combining text, graphics, video and/or sound. Before we return to that, let's look at the Who-What-Where-When-Why aspects of recreating--in both senses of the word--an audience for verse.
"Poetry," said poet and associate professor Kyle Dargan of American University in Washington, is "not the kind of thing people are going to run into on their own. It's not 'Jurassic World'."
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #158|
We cannot breed dinosaurs because we don't have any stock. Similarly, there isn't a significant population online who were alive when poetry was. It's not a matter of poetry being dead; the problem is that we can barely imagine it being alive.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #171|
We start with the DNA and the amber in which it is caught. These are genetically coded predispositions encased in the resin that binds all of us together. Throughout history, the two most significant of these have been Humor and Love. This isn't confined to bawdy limericks about a man from Nantucket or protestations like "Sonnet 43". If you've been online for more than 5 minutes you know that the sole purpose of all human
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #72|
Upload your final product to a site like YouTube or Vimeo and then post links to it on Facebook or Twitter. We assume you know better than to mention the word "poetry" in this process.
Let us know how it goes!
Coming Soon: "Love is a Weakness", Chapter 1
² - i.e. the examples the article uses.
³ - i.e. other than the quid pro quo skimming of poems in the venue to which they contribute.