This week I was hoping to put together a witty little write, highlighting the growth of poetry through statistics and what I hoped would be hard numbers. Perhaps I was a bit naive in my hopes, but what I found was a little less exciting, and for poetry lovers and writers…perhaps speaks to where we are at in our journey.
Did you know, that over 90% of self-published poets, seldom have purchased a poetry book, let alone the self-published poetry by a relatively unknown author?
Did you know, poetry books in Canada are lucky to average sales of 300-500 copies on average, IF they are lucky enough to be distributed.
Did you know, that in 2003, NewsWeek Magazine published an article announcing poetry was dead?
So, poets, readers, lovers and haters…how are we to overcome this distressing turn that our community has taken? We must support each other, in our efforts, in our works. Many “real” poets turn their noses up at online authors, poetry bloggers, etc. While I admit, not all are great, there is a huge volume of worthy writers that deserve to have their words heard.
We have built communities, hundreds strong , in our efforts to get our words to the people…I think it only fitting we be seen as champions for these words…supporting the communities, the poets, and the effort these communities take.
You know what…I think it’s time, that we, as a global community, change these numbers, these opinions, and these obviously unfounded ideas regarding our work, our words, and our intentions.
Do you know, dear readers, that there are those of us out there, that appreciate your words, your efforts, and will gladly bring home a copy of your self-published book? I personally am building quite a collection, one that I can’t wait to see grow!