As a writer/editor/publisher, I find the Great Recession has given artists more time for their art but more angst about their self-reliance. I also find the work of selling books has gotten a bit more challenging as people are reluctant to spend what money they have on luxuries. And the idea that books can be a luxury instead of a necessity saddens me. But the reality is grim across the board.
HOW HAS YOUR GREAT RECESSION EXPERIENCE AFFECTED YOUR POETRY?
The Great Recession has affected my poetry by rendering my scope somewhat smaller. In poetry as in other areas of living, lushness seems to have given way to spareness. I find language and theme to be more pointed and tightly focused, less broad and sweeping, more internal and detailed. I see these effects in the work of other writers as well.
PLEASE SHARE A POEM(S) ADDRESSING YOUR GREAT RECESSION EXPERIENCE:
Here is a poem I wrote inspired by your call for writing on the subject of the Great Recession:
Always Another Setback
these become entwined
on some molecular level
with words and heredity
carrying their own DNA
for a writer whose lines
extend back from Jersey
to Queens, Counties Cork
and Kilkenny, and Dublin
honoring muses named
ABOUT THE POET:
Annmarie Lockhart is the founding editor of vox poetica, an online literary salon dedicated to bringing poetry into the everyday, and the founder of unbound CONTENT, an independent press for a boundless age. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, NJ, she lives, works, and writes 2 miles east of the hospital where she was born. You can find her words at fine journals online and in print.