American Reader Poetry Renaissance?

June 11, 2018

A recent NEA study indicates significant increased poetry reading by American adults, especially by diverse youth but generally.  One likely contributing factor is social media, an unpredictable positive coming out of new technology.

From the article:

Nearly 12 percent (11.7 percent) of adults read poetry in the last year, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). That’s 28 million adults. As a share of the total U.S. adult population, this poetry readership is the highest on record over a 15-year period of conducting the SPPA, a research partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

There seems to be a resurgence of interest here at Sno-Isle as well. Indian-Canadian Instagram poet Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers have respectively 10 and 11 copies with continued holds queues. These titles have topped paperback bestseller lists as well.  American poets of note and popularity include Robert Drake, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, and Rickey Laurentiis, among others.

 

The Sun and Her Flowers  Milk and Honey - Kaur, Rupi  Black Butterfly  Boy With Thorn - Laurentiis, Rickey  Nepantla The Rain in Portugal

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4 Responses to “American Reader Poetry Renaissance?”

  1. Marta Says:

    Let’s call it the Matt de la Peña, Ellen Hopkins, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson effect!

  2. Darren Says:

    Agreed- can we use an acronym?

  3. Marta Says:

    Yes it nees an acronym but I need help. I just came up with PHARW (uh, no!) and then YAPO (for Youth Adult POets), sightly better but it’s a conjugation of yapar, which is Spanish for to throw. Tried first name initials JEMKJ, uh, nope. And then I got silly and wrote: Jason and Kwame hop matt and woods. It becomes clear why I lose at Scrabble.

  4. Darren Says:

    Have to leave this campaign in your capable hands. I like YAPO best.

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    Yes it nees an acronym but I need help. I just came up with PHARW (uh, no!) and then YAPO (for Youth Adult POets), sightly better but it’s a conjugati


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