Poetry Essay to Appear in Illumen
At the end of August I posted a piece with the partial title “The Death of Poetry?” (cf. August 31) on the relative lack of interest in reading poetry these days as compared with centuries past. In it I included a quasi-announcement, that is, one to be followed up on if only a certain condition was met, to wit: “And yesterday I finished and submitted an essay, somewhat on request, to answer the question of why new generations don’t seem to appreciate poetry even as much as we do now. What can we do to tempt them to read it and, hopefully, thus immersed discover for themselves its joys. What do we as readers and writers find that attracts us? (More on this later, the essay that is, if it is accepted — if not, you didn’t hear about it here either.)”
And so, a piece of good news e-arrived Saturday evening. The above-mentioned essay, “It Begins With the Sound,” has been accepted by ILLUMEN for their newly instituted “Why Should I Read Poetry Project,” an attempt to reach out to younger, and possibly not so young, possible future readers of speculative verse. To quote today’s email from Tyree Campbell, “Yes, absolutely this goes in ILLUMEN. I think I still have room for it in the Autumn 2016. If not, then the Winter 2016-17.”
More to be reported here as it becomes known.