Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Living in The Online 'Golden Age of Poetry'

Good Day World!

For a change of pace, I'm sharing a short essay today:


The Online Golden Age of Poetry

The traditional gatekeepers of poetry, professors and such, have long considered themselves quality control experts.
These gatekeepers narrow interpretation of what constitutes what is worthy comes with constrictions and different restrictions.
Examples include:
Haiku, Ballad, Stev, Ode, Free verse, Blank verse, thematic, limerick and nursery rhymes. 
Spoken out loud, they provide powerful images within the confines of each style. 
A feat many writers haven’t bothered to try, poetry was once deemed elitist, and a byproduct of scholarly snobbery.

But The Beat Generation came along and showed us that not all poems have to rhyme, and that provocative word pictures could be painted without formal meter or stanza standing in the way. A revolution that is still happening today.

Even more important to me, is that everyone can feel free to share their poetry on their own websites, or social platforms on the internet and have an audience without conventional publishers dictating terms to them.

This, because of the growing poet population online, is the modern Golden Age of Poetry.  Here's 31 contemporary poets you can check out.
In this age of fake news, poetry is still a reality that reflects our values and emotions. Free from tribal controversy, poets in this golden age help us all keep it real.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

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