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Published:April 10th, 2008 03:18 EST
Poetry for a New Age

Poetry for a New Age

By Ed Roberts

As long as anyone can remember there has been poetry. One of the first known written documents was in Phoenician; it was a poem a man wrote trying to describe a battle that was taking place around him. Over thousands of years poetry has appeared in almost every shape and form a person can imagine from free-verse to the highly structured forms of haiku and villanelles.  Over all of this time a few things have remained constant. We, the poets, have written our words and you, the readers, have read them: a few of you have been lucky to hear us read them to you as well.

Today we live in a digital age. Almost all of us have cell phones and computers, at least those who are fortunate enough in a part of the world that does have these things available to them. We text, we instant message, we chat, and we communicate in ways that were not possible even twenty years ago. Everything around us is in a constant state of change. With the spread of e-books even the written book is feeling pressure of this new age. Still people grab their pens in the middle of the night and try to capture the words they find raging in their heart. These are the blocks that shape the special words we call poetry.

Now though, we do not always have to leave our words on paper and hope that we can deliver them for others to read. With the wide-spread use of video recorders and the different sites that are available on the internet such as You Tube, I feel that more and more poets will be turning to digital formats to try and spread their words. In a small way this has already started taking place. I feel this will open a totally new dimension to an age-old art form. Not only can we as poets read our words to others, we can try with settings and surrounding to let the reader not only hear our words but experience them as well. Can you imagine being able to see the poem “The Raven” actually read and produced by Edgar Allen Poe himself?

This is a new age we as poets and readers find ourselves in. Yes, there is still going to be a need for the written words and books. In reality only a small percentage of the people on this planet has access to technology at all. (This is something we all should be working very hard to change as well.) We should also test the limits of all the resources we find surrounding us and breathe fresh life into this much misaligned art form as well, poetry.

To view some of the poetry videos I have filmed so far please visit