Reading Poetry Aloud to Keep It Alive


So if, like me, you’re often inclined to bemoan the state of poetry, to assume it is shamefully neglected by our culture and by the young in particular, then do yourself a favor and don’t just read, listen. Take yourself to a performance, a recitation, or a slam competition.

At the Ploughshares blog, Brett Beasleyin looks at the history of public readings and how listening to poetry can help preserve it for the future.

P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →