Poets and those who appreciate the art we out supporting poetry and spoken word at the California Poetry Festival recently with former US poet laureate Robert Hass, Victoria Chang, and Diem Jones.
Over 100 people filled the seats on Saturday morning at History Park to listen to the poets discuss, among other topics, how poetry has changed in the eyes of popular culture.
Poetry is losing the culture war, appealing more to niche audiences while movies, music and television lure the masses. Gone are the days, said Kevin Arnold, president of the Poetry Center, when wordsmiths like Edwin Markham were “like rock stars.”
Check out the entire article at the San Jose Mercury News website.