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Metrophobia: Are We Afraid Of Poetry?

Kim Rosen writes:
"And still today in most countries, poetry resides in its time-honored place at the heart of the culture. There, people turn to poetry the way we turn to the music that fills our homes and cars, the art that covers our walls, the architecture that lines our streets, the plays, dance and film that fill our theatres. In the Middle East, for instance, the most popular prime-time TV show is The Million's Poet, boasting an audience of over 70 million viewers and ratings higher than sports or the news. Within a format similar to American Idol, male and female poets from throughout the Gulf region, some from very poor Bedouin tribes, perform poems on all themes imaginable. The show has even inspired a TV channel completely dedicated to poetry."
[via The Virtual World]
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At 12:51 PM, Blogger Chris Mansell replied:

Wow. I could see this on SBS - it could be great. Lot's of poems in different languages, vispo, performance, quiet readings ...could be good.    



At 11:21 PM, OpenID markwilliamjackson replied:

A TV channel dedicated to poetry? We could dream.

In short answer, in this country and similar we are afraid of poetry, we are afraid of the introspection it might invoke, the deceleration it forces upon us, and the work that is involved in its reading, we crave to be spoon fed, hence we have channels dedicated to cooking.    



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