Ars Poetica Footnotes Why

We call for a new Poetry

“We call for a new poetry!
We call for a new eulogy…
It must be a poem of record Telling the Life of the
One who will be remembered beyond the grave.
Their stories a collection of cities and states.”

Speaker for the Dead, 2019

We seek a new poetry. Story psalms — Holy, archetypal parables in meter.

Even the epic poem in modern terms, needs to be broken down into individual, self-reliant poems. Each verse a poem in itself.

Twitter has killed the attention span, writers must adjust or the poetic arts are done.

There are two types of poetry I am interested in: Objectified — archetypal, seeking universality in a core idea, common human being or objective observations of time and place.

Subjectified — highly personal, experiential poetry written for or about a familiar.

By Makar

Stephen Sutherlin is a designer, poet and musician. He writes poetry about life in the southwest and enjoys metrical lyricism.