Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Word Is Out: Poetry is Hotter Than Ever

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – April 1st marks the beginning of National Poetry Month and word has it, poetry is bigger than ever.

Tree Swenson, the executive director of the Academy of American Poets (AAP), says that reading in general may have declined but it’s actually benefitting poetry because, in her words, ”Poems are short and there is still the need for literature.”

The increased interest in poetry can’t necessarily be seen from looking at bookstore receipts, but Swenson says that’s because ”the poem itself is the medium of exchange, not necessarily a book of poems.”

The AAP plans to promote National Poetry Month by giving away 33,000 poetry anthologies as well as sponsoring several readings.

There will also be an online project called Lifelines where people can log onto and randomly quote their favorite lines of poetry.

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