The Poetry Scene
- The public, sociologists, performance poets and literature lecturers have
different views on
what poetry is. It isn't
just the canon, or even books and magazines. It's an interaction between
those stable elements and the flickering schools of interpretations and
- The WWW will strengthen the minorities (those united by
temperament rather than location) so that more
people can engage
in this wider concept of poetry which in turn will make poetry less
monolithic, and certainly less nation-based.
- The WWW already has its own
and venues for reading.
It will increasingly affect what poetry is available: web texts are less dependent on
market forces (indeed, because of copyright issues, it's easier to find
the work of unpopular authors than of famous ones). Since
authors can control the means of production, they can choose audio rather
than text, returning to an emphasis on poetry as voice, which
again might influence the way people think of poetry.
With new movements gaining momentum and reaching critical mass more rapidly, with more interdisciplinary interest in poetry, and with
poets having greater flexibility of personae, changes in poetry as a social construct will accelerate, especially as more paper poets move to