The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – Who Are You?

If you’re a constant reader (channeling my inner-SK here) of The Poetry Question, you have probably noticed a dip in content lately.

First it was due to summer, then it was due to …





Personally, I have been struggling with what type of content to write.  Maybe I need to shut and write.  Words are words are words.  “Strike the keys!”*

Our mission is vague, “discovering the relevance of words…”, but opens the door to many discussions.

However, with whom are we having this discussion?

Are we writing for reluctant high school poets and readers?  Are we writing for the easy-chair-and-a-tome crowd?

The impetus for the page came out of a high school student’s comment, “Man, Poetry ain’t even relevant anymore” and Margolin spamming every writer, comedian, poet, rapper, actor he could find on Twitter asking for their 140 about Poetry’s place in today’s society… but where is it now?

Are we that tv show that gets cancelled after the first season because it didn’t know its demographic?

If you are a visitor to this site, whether it is your first time or you come here on the reg, please donate thirty seconds out of your life to comment your demographic (as much or little detail as you want pertaining to age, race, gender, education, how often you visit, opinions on poetry, and the written word)

QOTD – Who are you? (literally)


* If you haven’t seen Finding Forrester, watch it just for that line alone… and to hear Sean Connery say, “You’re the man now, dog!”

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

5 comments on “QOTD – Who Are You?

  1. Doran Simmons
    September 12, 2013

    Extra credit if you are Pete Townshend or Roger Daltrey.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      September 12, 2013

      *puts on sunglasses*

  2. The Running Son
    September 12, 2013

    The RunningSon rundown: I am male, 44, and white like a desert rock. I graduated Highschool but decided to forego college for 2 miserable decades of drugs and pipe dreams.

    Then I woke up. Rap lyric annoys me: I thank God above for good hip-hop with content.

    Politics bores me, because without awakened minds we will be unable to envision or create the “good” society. So, human psychology fascinates the hell out of me. I like to know by what process we people go from being uninhibited children, to becoming fear enslaved skinbags, ego pumps and royal imperial assholes.

    Jim (;

  3. Katherine Shirley
    September 13, 2013

    As a person who has juggled a lot of very different job titles over the past twelve years, in this context I would say I write and I read poetry (sometimes in a comfy chair, but more usually on the bus en route to work) and try not to pidgeonhole myself or restrict my intake or output to a single genre. Sometimes I perform what I write in public. Very occasionally I get paid to do so. I also have a day job in an unrelated field that pays the bills.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      September 16, 2013

      thanks for sharing!

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