|Law of Poetry #72|
1. Song Lyrics
3. Narrational Poetry
4. Embedded Poetry
5. Occasional Poetry
|Law of Poetry #171|
We asked readers in four different active forums--novice, expert, blog, and social media--to imagine a serious poem (not song) that they might pass on to friends. No response. Not only could people not write an interesting poem, they couldn't even imagine one. This is to say that not only is English language poetry dead, but we can't envision it being alive. (N.B.: In non-anglophone demographics people cannot fathom a society where poetry is dead, a country where few can recite a stanza written this century.)
|Law of Poetry #141|
Novelists, playwrights, and journalists do not present their work as "prose". Similarly, poets need to categorize their work by genre (e.g. comedy, drama, news, political commentary, romance, sports, horror, etc.), not mode of speech (i.e. prose versus poetry).
In the coming days we hope to address ways to use context to attract--or at least to not alienate--an audience.
What about readership?
Put simply, if there is no audience, how can their be a readership? Why would anyone want to study failure?