Today The Huffington Post posted an article titled “National Poetry Month: Breeding Hyperlinks Out of the Dead Land” by Travis Nichols. Travis begins the article talking about how newspapers and sites across the internet are “shining a spotlight on the art form they normally ignore, mangle, or treat with derision”.
This is a very true statement, though spoken partially in jest. In fact, this is somewhat what I’m doing here at Cloudy Day Art. Posting 30 blog post over 30 days. I don’t think I’ve written thirty blog posts on this site over the five years of it’s existence!
But is that so wrong? I would rather have mainstream media cover poetry and its associated events this one time of year than not at all.
It is our jobs as poetry bloggers, podcasters, and journalists to keep the art in the minds of our listeners and readers the other 335 days. Some say that we don’t have the large outreach that a USA Today has, but collectively we can reach millions by sharing one verse with your friends on Facebook. By sharing on link to a spoken word performance to your followers on Twitter. By sharing one podcast with your listeners.
Thirty days isn’t much time for poetry to be in the spotlight. Let’s show them how we do it.Image credit