Yesterday, CK posted a link to a TIME article titled “Poems for the People.” The article is in the June 18, 2007 issue (which is not the issue pictured to the right– I thought the “what’s next” was fitting for the crappy article.)
Let me share my favorite quote from the article: “Chances are, you don’t read much poetry, at least not the new stuff. Don’t feel bad, hardly anybody does.” I beg to differ–I firmly believe there are tons of people hungry for poetry. When I volunteered at the 2007 Decatur Arts Festival I partnered with a lady who told me how her daughter’s middle school English class spent a longer period of time on poetry than what was originally planned because of the student interest. I chat with people on Myspace who at a first glance or chatting with, you wouldn’t think would have a poetry interest, but they do.
TIME at its best, here’s a caption from the article:
Champion students representing all 51 states, stand on stage at the Poetry Out Loud Competition at George Washington University in D.C., May of 2007.
I must have an immature moment– Grossman can suck it!