Sunday, April 8, 2012

Poetry surviving rumours of its demise

Vibrant local community celebrates the joys of the written and spoken word

By Amy Smart, Times Colonist

The debate about poetry's vitality has had a steady presence in print for decades.
There was Joseph Epstein's 1988 piece in Commentary, "Who killed poetry?" and Donald Hall's 1989 defence in Harper's, "Death to the death of poetry." Then Bruce Wexler's 2003 Newsweek editorial "Poetry is dead."
Vancouver-based magazine Poetry Is Dead, "devoted to poetry and the lack thereof," pays contributors with a free issue of the semi-annual magazine. "This will change when poetry undies," it promises.

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