The pandemic sparked radical change in the lives of people throughout the world, helped to shift the balance of political power and transformed the fundamentals of the American economy. But worse than all of these things . . . The pandemic has sparked renewed interest in Kansas City poetry.
Proof for those who haven't seen it yet . . .
Money line . . .
"For decades the Midwest Poets Series, The Writers Place, and Poetic Underground — to name just three groups — have supported and promoted poetry as a way of interacting with other people and with the world . . .
But a lot of 2020 still requires processing. [A local poetry advocate] points to a line in Gorman's inaugural poem: "a nation that isn't broken / but simply unfinished." That, she says, "seems to offer us a way forward as a country, acknowledging past wrongs and traumas while also saying the founding ideals are still relevant and worth keeping."
For better and worse, poetry doesn't offer any respite from divisive culture war politics.
Example . . .
Accordingly, we make a Saturday night promise that will probably be betrayed like all gentle words spoken after dark on the weekend . . .
TKC WILL NEVER FEATURE YOUR HORRIBLE KANSAS CITY POETRY ON THIS BLOG!!!
That's not totally fair because there are actually quite a few talented Kansas City poets BUT it's a starting point that should discourage enough people to benefit the entire community overall.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.