Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Is Poetry Dead?

(Photo in the NY Times: Our NYS Poet Marie Howe at the Poetry in Motion Springfest at Grand Central Terminal)

Marie Howe, NYS Poet under the auspices of the NYS Writers Institute, appears in a New York Times feature article on poets laureate across the nation, Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates are Any Indication...

"Other laureates have taken the tradition of occasional poetry in a more personalized direction. As part of the Poetry in Motion project’s Springfest, an event held in Grand Central Terminal in April, Marie Howe, the New York State laureate, organized The Poet Is In, a project inspired by Lucy Van Pelt’s advice booth in 'Peanuts.'”

“'The academic establishment, which I’m very much part of, has this idea of a poem as a monument, and I bow to that idea,' Ms. Howe said. 'But there are poems that are valuable without being monuments.'”