FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Read Poetry, Not Blogs

5_2009_Cover-1.jpgDo personal blogs fulfill a social need that used to be satisfied by poetry?

In a recent Poetry Foundation essay, Whiting Award-winner Allison Glock argues that blog readers should turn to poems to find a more satisfying alternative to the “narcissism, vanity, [and] schadenfreude” that blogs encourage. Poet, author, and blogger Tao Lin defends blogs in his signature style, in an essay subtitled: “Blogs and the vertical integration of consciousness. Or whatever.”

Here’s more from Glock’s essay: “[Poems] endeavor to fold an entire experience, origami-like, into a few lines, getting to the bone/root/gut of the matter, the fat long ago diligently, privately boiled away. There is no waste in good poetry. (Kay Ryan.) No incomplete thoughts. (Richard Siken.) No incidental musing. (W.S. Merwin.) No cheese or bacon bits.”

Mediabistro Course

Personal Essay Writing

Personal Essay WritingStarting October 28, work with a published journalist to draft, edit, and sell your first-person essays! Jessica Olien will help you to workshop your writing so that it's ready to pitch to editors. You'll learn how to tell your personal story, self-edit you work to assess voice, style, and tone, and sell your essays for publication. Register now!