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Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 4

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 4

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

December 11, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry, Showcase

What makes poetry, poetry? Ask that question of a dozen poets, scholars or readers and you’ll get as many different answers, maybe more. Some won’t be much help: “Poetry is the sort of thing poets write,” Robert Frost is said to have said. I’m sorry I asked. If we struggle with p...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 3

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 3

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

November 28, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry, Showcase

“I never got poetry,” someone says to me again. And I sigh. Because I never got it either—at least, not until I learned to stop worrying about “getting it.” In fact, “get”—with its connotation of acquisition and possession—is the wrong word for what we do with poetry. It suggests ...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 2

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 2

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry, Showcase

This is a love story. This is the story that led me here, writing to you about how and why I fell in love with poetry, and what I think you can find there, too. No story ever gets love—or life—quite right. We become who and what we become through the uncanny confluence of opportunity and habit, tactic and ac...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 1

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Volume 1

By Dave Lucas, Syndicated Poet Laureate

September 28, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry, Showcase

“I, too, dislike it.” -Marianne Moore, “Poetry” But you don’t hate it. At least that’s what I hope you’ll discover as you read this column. I don’t want to convince you that you should love poetry. I want to convince you that you already do. If you know by heart the lyrics to your favo...