The New Generation of Poets

SAMSUNGLately, I’ve been reading a LOT of poetry. I recently discovered that I can search for specific topics on my WordPress Reader and so I’ve been gorging on poetry every day. Back when I was studying for my English degree in the late 90s, the general idea was that modern day poets didn’t have much of a future. People told me there was “no money in poetry” and “not enough space” for all the aspiring poets out there.

At that time, I don’t think anyone counted on how drastically the internet would change the world.

The last decade has changed everything about the way we see books and authors, the way we think about publishing and having a writing career. It’s been kind of scary at times, with many writers questioning if novels and poetry will even have a place at all in our digital future. But what the internet has really done is expand the amount of space for creative effort to stretch and flex itself. It’s removed the limits that we previously took for granted, so much so that they seemed like a law of the universe.

We now live in a world where you can write a poem and instantly share it with billions of other people across the globe. No one has to approve it for you. No one has to distribute it for you. You get to be in charge of your creative life. For the first time in history, the poets have no more need of the gatekeepers.

How brilliant is that?

I’ve always felt that it’s an incredibly life-affirming act to write poetry. Although a lot of the time we come to writing poetry as a way to express the intense emotions of sorrow and loss, rejection or anger, what is born out of our creative effort is this beautiful life energy wrapped up in just a few words. And because the form of a poem manifests primarily in symbolic language and imagery, it’s like a straight-shot arrow of emotion that hits us squarely in the heart.

Whenever you fall into the cynical mindset of “not enough” or “no one cares”, jump on Google and search for poetry blogs. People are posting new poems every minute. It’s like sitting at the edge of a field and watching dozens of different flowers bloom right in front of your eyes. The poets out there haven’t given up on the writing industry, or on planet earth. They are saying YES to life every second, with every new poem they write and share with the world.

Instead of there being no future and no place for modern day poets, the exact opposite is true. Today’s poets have created their own space in our online landscape, and by sharing their poetry within our virtual world, they help to teach all of us how to pause and receive beauty. They show us how to truly live in the present moment.

If you are a poet, or even someone who thinks they only “dabble” in poetry, consider these ideas deeply. Your time has come. You have a valuable, essential role in this world. I can tell you, just from my personal perspective, that the poems I’ve come across while browsing blogs have a significant impact on my day. They lift my mood. They recharge my spiritual batteries. Your poems make a difference in my life.

Thank you.

And keep writing.

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34 Comments

  • Reply kabirgandhiok 2 July, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Amazing, amazing post! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Reply Morgan 2 July, 2013 at 8:31 am

    There is alot of free verse out there, but I still like a little rhyme in mine 😉

  • Reply iithinks 2 July, 2013 at 9:27 am

    So true 🙂

  • Reply dulzimordash 2 July, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Reblogged this on Spontaneous Creativity.

  • Reply Aaran Sian 2 July, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Loved this post! This is stuff I like to read, inspiring and uplifting 😀

    • Reply writecity 2 July, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Oh great! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Reply fluidraven 2 July, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Curious, what tags are you searching for? You can never have enough poetry in your news feed 🙂

    • Reply writecity 2 July, 2013 at 11:30 am

      I’ve only been looking up “poetry” and so much great work has come up! That is a good idea though, I should start searching for “poems” and “haiku” as well. I LOVE haiku.

  • Reply Primalnights 2 July, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I’m right there with you. As a younger man I didn’t like poetry. Now I LOVE it. And I love writing it. There are two thing I do that I don’t mind doing poorly, playing Chess and writing Poetry. Both are fulfilling in and of the self no matter how well or how poorly I do.

    I have a recommendation for you. You should go in and manage your Gravitar. It does not have a link to your wordpress blog. When I saw you picture when you liked my post I clicked on it and it took me to your Gravitar page where I hoped to click on you wordpress page. Since it was not there I had to type you writecity.wordpress address in to get here. I thin many people would just skip it.

    Hugs from me!

    • Reply writecity 2 July, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Hey thanks so much for the Gravitar tip! I’m still figuring out this whole blogging thing…your helpfulness is really appreciated!

      Also thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on writing poetry! I think a lot of us feel we have to consider ourselves masters of something before we practice it, but the practice must come first in order to ever be a master. Your comment is very inspiring to me, perhaps there is some poetry writing in my future?

  • Reply alicorndreams 2 July, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    You heard the BS that I heard too!!!
    I love the post
    I love the sentiment
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply Caroline Guidry 2 July, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Encoding and Decoding William Blake, since you mention computers and poetry: http://jamesrovira.com/mla-2014-special-session-proposal-encoding-and-decoding-william-blake/
    Rovira is a Romanticist from Tiffin University; this proposal was just accepted at the 2014 MLA conference, and he’s currently in Nebraska researching on a NEH fellowship.

  • Reply kathryningrid 2 July, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Astutely observed. And yes, it’s a joy that nowadays there’s no stopping poets from being poets or readers from finding them. One of the real gifts of technology, if you ask me! 🙂

  • Reply Ginny Love Moore 2 July, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Once again. Nail. Head. Right into my heart. I might deny that I have a novel inside me but part of my journey into minimalism has uncovered pages and pages of poetry and poetry fragments that I never finished or flat out left behind. I cannot deny it: I loved to write it. It was my voice when I felt too shy or confused to speak. My soul on paper without fear or inhibitions. Thank you for your words of encouragement, they make me want to try again. (Way to go on enabling comments on your posts! 😉 ). Lauren, you are doing a most excellent job and I continue to wish you unimagined success. Cheers!

    • Reply writecity.wordpress.com 3 July, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Your comments are the BEST encouragement. Not only do you have a genius poet and writer inside of you, but a pretty damn good motivational coach as well! Thank you so much as always for contributing. Your presence always brings light and love 🙂

  • Reply quillandcurio 2 July, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    “It’s like sitting at the edge of a field and watching dozens of different flowers bloom right in front of your eyes.”

    Beautiful 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for such a well-articulated post!

    Roshan

  • Reply Meka 2 July, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I’m working on ‘3’ now- my third publicly shared poem. It’s therapeutic. I found a brilliant poet last night I loved.

    • Reply writecity.wordpress.com 3 July, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Nice! I love hearing things like this. Writing IS therapy, for the ones who write it and even sometimes for the ones who read it. Keep pressing on!

  • Reply kate666reilly 2 July, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    i love this 🙂

  • Reply lilycarmichael 3 July, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I absolutely love this post. Insightful, encouraging, everything it should be.

  • Reply Stuff Jeff Reads 3 July, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’m glad I checked out yours. Great stuff! Cheers.

  • Reply edgar 3 July, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    “Your poems make a difference in my life.”
    A fertile field of possibilities.

  • Reply The Russian Quil 3 July, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    This is just what I needed. Thank you very much.

  • Reply Pam 5 July, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This is such a wonderful, timely, essay. Thank you for visiting my blog. It provided a bridge to find yours!

  • Reply Owls and Orchids 5 July, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful post – thank you. So glad you visited so I could find you. Keep writing!

  • Reply Marya 6 July, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Nice post. Lauren. Poetry will not go away because it’s like water — we need it to survive, though we don’s always recognize this need.

  • Reply seanbidd 6 July, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Loving words is what I got, in these places drifting, a dreamer falling through the lines in need, sharing conversations slow, listening as the honey flows free in each tree born in words… It feels good to be able to read what is out in all it’s poetic forms, and to be able to share readily, and participate in the conversations, in the poetry. I definitely, find more people read the small bits of poetry I write, than the short stories I produce. Top post, Lauren…

    • Reply writecity.wordpress.com 7 July, 2013 at 9:16 am

      This is so beautiful, thank you. And keep writing all of it, short stories and poems. Just from this one comment I can see you have this golden poet’s vision and ability to help others really see things for how wonderful they are moment to moment. Thank you so much for leaving this comment, it really inspired me today.

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