Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Artisanal Poems

Via Poetry Foundation, Kathleen Rooney's meditative essay on the enterprise of composing Poems While You Wait discusses, among other things, commerce as context for reading and the fine line between patronage & collaboration.  Perhaps most intriguing to one who spent this past weekend eating one's way across New York is Rooney's invention of the "artisanal poem," to be sold alongside handmade brambleberry tarts.  In a commercial market increasingly focused on the local, the ethical, and the handmade, Rooney seems to suggest that poems both locally made (by request, on a typewriter, while you wait) and locally sourced (based on the emotions, obsessions, and needs of the intended audience) represent a logical expansion of these trends into the poetic realm.