Today I am beginning this column not with my personal opinion on the topic, but with the conclusion of our recently run survey, which was quite a firm “No”. No, buying poetry is not a fad, but due to various reasons, with each day it turns into a decision that is harder and harder to take.
When we started this survey we wanted to see how people generally felt about the valences of poetry, both from the material point of view and from the spiritual one. We all know that, while in the case of the classic authors, universally rated as masters, it is rather easy to put the label “valuable” on their works, in the case of the newly emerging poets it is becoming more and more difficult to discern the quality of all the books (including here the e-books) that are (self-)published and available to be bought nowadays, especially because of their ever increasing number.
Some people say that they don’t buy poetry because of financial reasons, others because it’s easy to just read online for free whatever and whenever they want, others because most of what is usually published is of a much too low quality. And each of the mentioned reasons, as well as others, may be properly justified as a cause for not buying poetry books.
Whatever the reasons though, we should all remember that poets publish hoping to be read, hoping that their words will reach the souls of other people. And yes, it’s a tough job to find out which poet’s creation is worthy to be read and which one’s isn’t. But without reading it in the first place, you cannot judge it.
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