Poetry Isn’t Frivolous

I write to have people read what I write. Many of my friends tell me they don’t understand poetry because so much of it is frivolous. While there is a lot of nonsense written that people are trying to pass off as poetry, there is still good poetry around.

Thoughtful poetry helps us deal with what is happening in our lives. That’s why I post The Daily Haiku. It not only helps me deal with life’s experiences, but I feel my readers can benefit from having it in their lives.

When I wrote my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, many of my non-poet friends who don’t even read poetry, were kind of offended I didn’t gift them an autographed copy. I don’t tend to gift a book unless I know the person receiving it is going to read it. And, that goes for relatives, too! I am mostly practical. If a book is going to sit on a shelf untouched, or be packed up in storage boxes, why gift it?

I write reference books so that people will refer to them again and again, and learn from what’s written in them.

The next time someone tells you that poetry is frivolous, ask them why they think that way. Is it because what they are reading is nonsense? Is it because they can’t afford to buy books, and that they feel poetry books are a luxury? Did they hate the poetry they had to read in school?

If they frequent libraries, direct them to poetry books there that you like. If they don’t frequent libraries, refer them to online sites that offer good poems on a regular basis. Or, take them with you to a poetry open mic at a cafe.

I bet you can change a few people’s minds. That will be beneficial to them. And that will also benefit all poets who write for an audience.

 

Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

 

 

 

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About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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7 Responses to Poetry Isn’t Frivolous

  1. MaryJo says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs and re-reading your book on haiku and senyru. Hope to see your traveling exhibit. Thank you for Charlotte for putting haiku out there.

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Great post, Charlotte.

    Poetry is the stuff of the soul, just as much so as work in any other branch of the arts, deriving from and serving that which lies at the very core of our humanity. Frivolous, good poetry is not!

    There are those who’ll say that poetry isn’t to their taste without ever having given it a proper go; those who are poetry-averse having been put off it at school; and those of a narrowly practical outlook who’ve no time for poetry, opera, ballet or anything else of an arty nature at all, though they’ll watch football of course.

    How good it is when we can help someone discover that actually this poetry stuff is okay!

    My very best for the New Year,

    Paul

  3. Maria Laura Valente says:

    I totally agree with you, Charlotte.

    Poetry isn’t frivolous at all. It’s the deep voice of our soul, the special way we look inside and outside ourselves, the tangible shape of our dreams and nightmares, the sign of our presence in this world, now and here, everytime and everywhere.

    And a book isn’t a mere object, a knick knack or an ornament. It’s a living creature, born by the mixed souls of a writer and a reader, so for every single book we may have innumerable combinations of feelings thanks to every single reader.
    It’s a little miracle that happens everyday.

    Thank you for your post, Charlotte.
    I’m reblogging it on my little blog.

    My best wishes for a New Year full of joy, harmony, reading and writing.

    Maria Laura

  4. Maria Laura Valente says:

    Reblogged this on Komorebi and commented:
    A very interesting post about poetry and books by Charlotte Digregorio.

    Enjoy!

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