Poking about in New York history recently I ran across Edgar Allan Poe again.
I had never read any Poe (until now that is), even though I had at various times got hold of collections with the best of intentions. Once I visited a former hotel where he reputedly lived while in New York. Later I discovered the actual location where he wrote his famous poem, The Raven, uptown in 83rd Street where (at that time) a rural cottage was located.
As I was reading through the Raven, with its famous namesake crying out ‘Nevermore!’ to tune of the writer’s loss, I reflected on how much notoriety and fame Poe had during his lifetime. I could not imagine a poem creating the same sensation now. It just goes to show you how much the popular written form can change over time.
It got me thinking how many people read poetry these days, and how many SFF writers actually pursue the art form.
Any speculative fiction poets out there? Who regularly reads and enjoys poetry?