It is a silly question but . . . . . . can non-poets attend innovative/experimental poetry events????
Some of these same folks have also mentioned the word "hobby." And I say no way. it is not a hobby. It is a whole way of life. POETRY is not a hobby damn it. Or maybe being a "language artist" is better than the word poet?
If poetry events become a closed club of self congratulation maybe it resembles a hobby.
or perhaps it is a religion.
We need more candour. We need more connections to the other arts. As quite a few folks have mentioned, innovative poetry could have a much larger audience. Say . . . the audience for innovative jazz, indie music, theatre, and so on.
And haven't some critiques been written about that whole dichotomy between art and entertainment!!!
While I may not agree with everything written about Soundeye (if I attended this year), it is a step in the right direction.
The Openned community in London gives me hope as well!!!
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