Poetry in America

Poetry in America



really poetry or I should say a poem or art in general I've come see it as a mirror and if you think of the poem as sort of a mirror in which the author and the reader are standing side by side and we're both looking at the mirror and our lives become blurred right there's this idea that that that you're listening to someone that you're you're listening or looking into my life but you're also looking into yourself you're also looking and echoing back into what those experiences mean to you and so really art for me in that way as a way of is a way of communication it's a way of human beings coming together to understand each other it's a way to evoke to evoke an understanding within yourself it's it's the irony of art that the particulars the universe or in the particulars and so you may be looking at me in the mirror but you're also looking at yourself as a reader and I think that's the magic of art in general where there'd be a painting or play or or or a piece of music is I'm telling you I'm giving you my story i'm giving you the the essence of Who I am but in seeing me in that mirror and seeing a really a real human being it transcends my own story and it's really about the person listening or the person watching I've never seen my art or my poem and something that's sort of purely selfish in the sense of of well I need to say this about myself but I always write with this idea that I want to say this because in some ways someone else is going to recognize something about their own lives and in that way there's a communication I want to give every listener every reader a sense of who they are a sense of their pain their understanding their triumphs their lofts whatever it may be there's this idea you know that we all have this this this gene this anti poetry gene in America this idea that poetry is this this undecipherable you know thing for only a select few and what the inauguration experience who said to me and prove to me was that given the chance with accessible contemporary work America's response an everyday man's every day woman's response to poetry is amazing and powerful really I think part of the issue is that we're just not exposed to enough contemporary voices in America and I think people have these misconceptions and misunderstandings and just plain out fear about poetry because it's not taught in a way that's from an emotional route rather just an analytical route we know our educational system today there's very little room for being creative and there's very little money and all this stuff but if I have one mission that came out of all this experience is that because I've witnessed it firsthand is I want I want to continue to connect America with poetry with contemporary poetry with contemporary voices there are so many poets writing today about almost every region every town every city you know there's three poets and published poets right here my small town of Bethel that are doing great work and the idea of connecting people with something that's relevant to their lives first and letting them understand that poetry is still a very alive art and that we are there are poets writing in fact there's probably more poets writing and publishing books than ever in our history and then getting them back to the classics in that way in other words reversing the order of starting with Beowulf and then maybe if you're lucky you get to frost but the idea starting the contemporary stuff and seeing how incredible and where that that comes from and I think the power in that is that something that I've never I always thought poetry or enjoy this a much greater place in our society because of our you know fast-paced multitasking where you could read a poem in a subway ride and come away with something for the rest of your life and I just don't think we're just not exposed to the contemporary work enough and so if anything that let's become sort of a mission as that's come out of inauguration

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