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.