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Poetry: May 24, 2023 Issue [#11985]

 This week: The Digital Quill: Technology & Poetry
  Edited by: Jayne
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Technology has reshaped the landscape of poetry, enabling wider dissemination, immediate feedback, and increased diversity. We'll briefly delve into the impact of social media, blogging platforms, and digital publishing.

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In a world where the traditional and the digital continue to diverge, poetry is finding new dimensions. Gone are the days when the poet’s words were limited to the page. Now, verses flutter past social media feeds, reach across borders, and find new audiences like never before. Technology has become the contemporary poet’s quill, crafting a new age of verse that's at once global but intimate, immediate but forever, and targeted yet profoundly diverse. In this digitized world, is the heart of poetry amplified or diminished?

The Great Debate
I already know from some of the responses to my previous newsletter on AI-related topics that the digital world concept is hotly contested. Strong opinions abound from those who think it's the end of art to others who think it's a flash in the pan. For the record, I don't believe either of those positions to be accurate, and if my interest in the current state of digital and AI affairs seems obsessive, it's not. Instead, it's a matter of staying informed, conversing from a grounded position, and thoughtfully reflecting on the potential paths forward. Still, I realize this has ignited a complex debate, not just about AI, but about the increased use of technology in general "robbing" us of the good old days of the printed word.

Poetry is consistently at the top of the list. On the one hand, proponents argue that the digital era broadens poetry's reach, allowing poets to connect with large audiences instantly (or, at least, grow that audience faster than would otherwise be expected). Social media, blogs, and online publishing provide accessible platforms for emerging voices, democratizing the poetic realm. Interactive reader feedback creates a dynamic dialogue, enriching the poetry experience, with the downside of collecting a small following of rather annoying trolls. Further removing the poetry gatekeeping, online poetry workshops dismantle barriers to education.

It is the gatecrashing that has some people in furor; after all, some believe that "worthy" poetry is selected by experts, audience popularity be damned. There are undoubtedly worthy arguments that audience popularity does not for good poetry make, and I concede that fan-favorite popular poetry doesn't always float my boat. However, I can say the same thing for printed works, only they cost me a lot more money.

Critics lament that digitization risks diluting the intimate nature of poetry. The immediacy of online publishing may encourage less refined work, and the glut of digital content can make it harder for quality poetry to stand out. There's a fear that digital consumption may erode the slow, reflective reading that poetry traditionally invites. But poetry has always been in the mind of the reader, and a curated selection of one's favorite poetry found online isn't all that much different than dog-earing a page in a poetry book for frequent revisiting. And, yes, I dog-ear pages in books I have limited use for. It could be worse; I could rip them out.

The reality is that poetry is evolving in the face of technology, and these changes inspire both exciting possibilities and profound questions. It is not just new poetry claiming this new real estate; old favorites continue to snap up digital land and open themselves up to new audiences who otherwise would never have found them.

The Modern Poetry Night Never Closes
Your quill now scratches at the screen of smartphones, tablets, and computers, bringing poetry into your reader's life anywhere and any time they want. As a result, your audience doesn't have to wait to hear what you have to say, and you don't have to listen to poetry snaps.

Social media platforms give you an unprecedented global platform. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have become poetry's modern poetry nights, where poets share their work, audiences engage in literary discussions, and poetry finds a breath of fresh life. In these platforms, poetry is no longer confined to the pages of dusty books; it is liked, shared, retweeted, and commented on, crossing borders and bridging divides. Poets like Rupi Kaur and Lang Leav have harnessed this phenomenon, their bite-sized, relatable verses resonating with millions worldwide. You do not have to like either of these poets to acknowledge they have achieved success on a scale previously thought impossible.

Although its algorithm is questionable at best, YouTube is another (often overlooked) space for poets to publish their work instantly, bypassing traditional gatekeepers. Polished spoken word with enticing visuals adds new complexity and engagement to the poetry realm. Again, this is an area where traditional poetry has found an exciting new home, as hearing the words come to life opens the door for exposure and reflection.

Poetry finds yet another digital avenue in the world of eBooks and online literary magazines. Poets can self-publish eBooks, retaining complete creative control while reaching global audiences. Online literary magazines offer another platform for poets to share their work, often pushing boundaries in themes and styles. This democratization of publishing allows for a diversity of voices to be heard, enriching the global poetic tapestry.

Don't Underestimate Your Audience
The ease of sharing and the immediacy of feedback enable a dynamism in the poet-audience interaction that was previously unimaginable. Readers are no longer passive consumers; they become active participants in the poetry experience, engaging with the author and other readers and fostering a rich, global community of poetry lovers. Even a small audience provides feedback at a pace previously reserved for established poets, adding a dynamic element that a simple, written review on Goodreads can't always convey.

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What About AI?
Artificial Intelligence adds another layer of innovation to the technological impact on poetry. With AI, poetry could potentially leap into the realm of machine learning and algorithms. However, in its current form, AI-generated poetry is not...great. It's not even good. It's certainly not redefining any boundaries at the moment. AI can't (yet) replicate the full depth of human emotion, but it can mimic patterns and styles with mixed results. Whether that remains true is unknown, but it doesn't cut AI out of the equation entirely.

What AI tools do exceptionally well is assist poets in crafting their works, offering suggestions based on vast databases of poetic language and structure. Believe it or not, they can provide feedback on poetic devices, language conciseness, syllable structure, and genre expectations. In short, they're a helpful little tool for refining a first draft before unleashing it on an unsuspecting editor or reviewer.

They are also generous (if sometimes outside-the-box) prompt creators, relegating writer's block to the dusty corner where it belongs. AI is also a patient teacher; it can design a wide range of free curricula, resources it can point to, and questions it can answer (with references, you can actually check for accuracy). The thought-provoking discourse here is on the role and future of human creativity in an increasingly automated world, but that's true of any digital innovation. Moral arguments aside, practical AI tools need not be shunned if they prove useful.

Use Digital Mediums to Your Advantage!
I can see how people would view technology in poetry as a double-edged sword. While it has democratized the world's poetic offerings, providing global platforms and opportunities to emerging poets, it has also challenged the traditional notions of poetry as an intimate, personal, and somewhat solitary act. However, the reality is these changes have breathed new life into poetry, widening its reach and increasing its resonance in a rapidly changing world. This is a thrilling and transformative time for poets, and it will be fascinating to see how the digital quill continues to shape the landscape of contemporary poetry.

It's one I encourage our poets to explore. It's really not that big of a leap. You are, after all, here at WdC and already posting your work on what is effectively a social media platform. Look at you, embracing change and expanding your audience *Wink*. So what's stopping you from taking another step out?

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