8:24 a.m. — Atlanta
Not listening to a darn thing because my server is being uncooperative.
Hi, all. A couple of weeks ago, during the Great Punctuation Discussion, Mary Kling raised an interesting possibility for a discussion. She said:
I think that e.e. cummings and Don Marquis were a kind of ‘game changer’ when it came to poetry. They changed the rules.
I’d like a discussion of (1) other poets who were ‘game changers’ in one way or another. Who, for example, were the first poets who stopped capitalizing the first word of every line?
(2) the most current trends in writing poetry today. Are there any new things happening? New styles? (Any poets who are examples?) Or does anything and everything go?
Mary suggested, maybe, two different topics here, but not having any idea how many of you will hotfoot it to the research gods, I am going to put them together, and, as with a past discussion, pull the comments together in a collation for Thursday Thoughts, probably two weeks down the road, to give people time to think and comment. At that point, I may separate things into two Thursdays, yes? So, what are we doing?
Ah! the music is back — listening to Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson
1] Time to pull the memory cells out from where they were in college, or where you started reading and thinking about poetry. In poetry’s history [I want to give you scope], what poets do you consider game-changers and why, or how? Who were the rebels? Who provided bridges between one era and the next? Who started something so completely new and different, that the world still says: ‘This poet’?
2] What are some of the current trends you have noticed in poetry [current being the last twenty, or thirty, years]? New styles? What works for you? What doesn’t? Why? New poets to check out? Because?
For both questions, give us not just names; include the what, the why, the how. In comments, if you want to ask someone something, because they haven’t said enough and you want elucidation, do.
Whoo! She wants homework, people! She is asking for serious thinking. Well, I am, but have fun with it. This is what you think. You may answer the questions separately, at different times. You may have an immediate response to one, but want to think about the other. Come back as often as you want, to add thinking. How many of us can we get into this conversation? Don’t worry about getting lost. Remember that I will collate the final deal.
Let’s say, a two-week time period for comments and discussion of comments. I’ll keep an eye on things and let you know when the collation will come out. It will be interesting to see how this works. I’m looking forward to learning what everyone thinks.
See you tomorrow for the roundup; Tuesday for a prompt on your inner child; and next Thursday for a serendipity of links.
Happy discovery, everyone.