Happy International Women’s Day! Today, I am happy to host Lidy Wilks, who is on a blog tour promoting her book of poetry, Can You Catch My Flow?. Check below for a chance to win a free copy. You can find Lidy on her blog, Facebook and Twitter.
Is Poetry Dead?
Many a time I see plenty of articles extolling how poetry is dead. How no one reads poetry anymore. And if they do, they’re somehow archaic or some rare creature, a myth from fairy tales made to flesh and blood. And on what are they basing the demise of poetry? Statistics, book sales, etc. But I refuse to believe or take their evidences as truth. Because if I do, then I must also have to believe that myself, you and this world is dead.
Why? Because poetry is a bridge. It is a connector between time, space, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. To believe that it is dead is to believe that compassion, love, integrity and hope no longer exist. That like poetry, it is a myth. A fairy tale about magical beings who held such virtues. Something that only exists in imagination and not in reality.
In Dead Poets Society, the character John Keating (RIP Robin Williams) said, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
So is poetry dead? No. In fact the discussion itself should wither and die instead. It’s useless to think prematurely of poetry’s demise. There’s no use to usher it into a grave. Because poetry has always been the seed beneath the ground.
About The Book:
Debut poetry chapbook Can You Catch My Flow? captures the everyday ordinary events of the human condition in poetic snapshots. No matter the walks of life, the reader is sure to find themselves within the lines.
“Lidy’s poetry reveals an understanding that deep meaning can be felt in the details. Her poetry portrays a range of topics from the pressures to conform to societal expectations, friendship, monarch butterflies, partying, insomnia, and the quest for peace…just to name a few. Enjoy!” – Shelah L. Maul
If you’d like to receive 1 out of 5 autographed copies of Can You Catch My Flow?, click here.