The Atlantic sez, Why Poetry Should Be More Playful
Is it really true that "As verse becomes increasingly dry, it's getting more and more irrelevant"?
Is verse becoming increasingly dry?
Well, maybe so. Says Noah Berlatsky in the Atlantic:
"...there doesn't have to be an absolute division between serious poetry and lighter verse. And yet, in practice, the two traditions have diverged radically, as the serious, high-art poetry tradition has retreated into the halls of academia, closed the doors, and then triple-locked them. Even New York school poets like Kenneth Koch and Frank O'Hara, who put a premium on wit and humor not that far divorced from someone like Ogden Nash, do so in a way designed to alienate as large a public as possible."
(... on the other hand, maybe Berlatsky should go to a Lix 'n kix reading some time, or maybe check out tonight's Deep Cleveland reading, to cure him of thinking that poetry is "increasingly dry.")