A tale I heard
Poet Salena Godden on poetry in divided times:
“Poets and writers and performers are playing a vital role in these fractured times. It’s about connectivity. It is an illusion we are connected because we have these lovely technologies and iPhones but we are separated, isolated and hidden under a barrage of noise.
People that are coming to poetry gigs want that connectivity, to stand in a room among others and feel that shared moment, that laughter and art and humanity and freedom and love are necessary and important and worth believing in and fighting for.
The number of poets and people interested in poetry is rising and rising. I’ve never seen so much traffic nor been so busy and I also have never had to hug so many people after shows before, lots of hugging is happening at my gigs and that’s new too. I don’t mind the hugging, I like hugging.”