Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Poetry getting "Incredibly Popular" - says Taoiseach

Ask anyone ten years ago whether they've cried at a bit of live poetry, and the answer would possibly be "no" - All that's changed now - today the answer is far more likely to be YES YES YES!!!!

Yes Poetry is enjoying an explosion in popularity at the moment, with staff at Easons sweating as they try to clear the shelves of DIY, Money and Cookbooks to make way for the new phenomenon.
"We just can't keep up with it" says Mr Doomenfeste, Manager at Easons in O Connell Street, "There are more poetry fans who need a regularly daily intake of poetry than we can provide stock for. This is why we are seeing all these poetry stalls outside, for the quick stop shopper." He gestures out to the queues already forming at several of the popular poetry carts on the main street, and it's only 10am of a Tuesday.

Poets are highly paid, conscientious, and hard working individuals as everybody knows, but even their diligent, gruelling schedules are seemingly struggling to keep up with the hunger that's out there for new poems at the moment.
Man on the street says "I buy a brand new poetry collection every day - instead of the breakfast roll and the Sun that I used to get, food for the soul, y'know?"
There's an appeal now launched by the government looking for poets to come and work full time in special poetry bootcamps which have been set up all around the Curragh where they will recieve intensive free workshopping and unlimited substances of all kinds to aid them in their work, "Including green tea" says a spokesman "if needs be."
There's also a huge demand for poets to perform at all the major festivals this summer, storming onto ALL the main stages - with musicians being relegated to the "Non-Spoken-Singy-Type Word" tents.
"This summer will go down in history as the Summer of Poetry" says the Taoiseach.

12 comments:

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Yes, Niamh, I've also detected this immense upsurge in popular appreciation for poetry. In fact, the main reason that this year's final of the Champion's League was switched from the traditional Wednesday night slot to Saturday is out of fear that no one would tune in or even go to the stadium if the match was on at the same time as the countless Wednesday Poetry Cafés that have sprouted up seemingly everywhere.

Who woud have ever thunk it!

Niamh B said...

I know I'm finding it hard to keep up with all the magazines that want to publish my stuff - and as for trying to get around to spending the money....
it's just getting so hard

Totalfeckineejit said...

Box of frogs. Crazier than. And that's a good thing in this day and age.Lord knows. Gawd elp us.

Niamh B said...

Ya heard it here first!

Domestic Oub said...

I've just signed a ten book poetry collection deal. My advance? Lets just say, 8 figures!Finally the Age of the Poet is here. Amen.

Domestic Oub said...

I'm going to be on a stamp too.

Emerging Writer said...

They offered to rename Dublin Airport after me but I won't settle for anything less than a while town, Good bye Adamstown, Hello Emergingwritertown

Titus said...

Three publishers outside the door at the moment. Do I sell out, or mega-sell out? Ah, decisions, decisions. I'll let 'em sweat a while longer...

Oh God, they're pushing blank cheques through the letter-box! Back later.

Niamh B said...

Amen Oub - I hope it's an expensive stamp (and that the colour scheme matches my tribute poetry postcard)
EW damn straight, don't you settle for anything less.
And Titus, I know what you mean - those blank cheques, they don't realise our poor servants have to pick em up...
Personally I've only had 30 poems published today, it's been slow

Jessica Maybury said...

I'm currently admiring the statue made of me that will tower over Eyre Square forever to commemorate the one or two poems I've ever written because THAT is how important poetry is nowadays

The Poetry Bus said...

New blog!

Niamh B said...

You mean Maybury square Jessica?
Poetry Bus!! YAY