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Hello and howdy
I've been away from most poetry forums for a couple of years, though once upon a time, I posted and enjoyed the web’s poetry forums. I had this idea and wanted to float it past a few communities of poets, to get reader/writer response.
What I've endeavored to do, in light of the fact that exposing the masses to poetry and thus getting published is difficult, is write a prose novel which incorporated the same poetry that I grew up with on some of these very forums.
What I'm wondering is this; since poetry is not desired (bought, that is) and the circle of those that read/write poetry is small, if there were a poetry-prose bridge, would poets here and perhaps other places, see this as a good cause to rally around, hoping that such projects promote other opportunities for poets to do the same? The knock, from my researching, is that prose should NOT have poetry in it and there are two main reasons;
1)most poetry is not well written (by those novelists that attempt poetry) and therefore, comes off as a joke (esp if the prose is not driven by said poems included)
2)the poetry is indecipherable to the average prose reader (maybe poet, too, hey?)
So, I thought to write something that would make poetry more alive and more integral to the plot. The main issue here stems from research that resulted in only a couple of actual novels that had more than a smattering of poetry. The poetry in these two particular pieces, was part of the novel's vehicle.
I'm at a critical point in that I am trying to find my aim relative to agents/publishers/genres. Conventional wisdom says I don't have a chance of doing this. The other small voice is wondering; with all the thousands of websites involved in poetry, would this segment see a prose-poetry novel as something they could support?
Sure, there are many personal reasons and benefits for me, but I didn't do this for that reason alone. I seriously think the masses are missing out on a better version of entertainment and world-awareness through poetry. Maybe I’m naive...still, in the uphill battle of trying to get anything in front of an agents/publishers/reader's nose, I'm trying to think outside the box.
The literary world is saying no one will want a prose story where poetry is featured and integral. I suppose if I asked those at a non-poetry site this question, the answer would reflect sales totals. But, what about THE community of poets?
So, thought I'd crawl out of my self-imposed writer’s cave and see if it's spring yet...
Thank you for any discussion!