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Features > > Poetry Is Doomed
Poetry Is Doomed

About Poetry is Doomed: Poet Scott Woods takes the poetry world to task to find out what it's doing to shoot itself in the foot each month. From open mics to TV commercials to national events, Woods brings the pain...and that's no metaphor.

About Scott Woods:The author and editor of over nine volumes of poetry and prose (50 Mistakes Poets Make and Poems from the Big Muddy : The 2004 National Poetry Slam most recently), Scott Woods has performed in a number of venues and with an assortment of accompaniments. His work has been used in creative writing and historical literature classes at numerous universities and high schools, and has been featured multiple times on National Public Radio. He is the founder of the poetry performance group The Black Air Poets. He has published articles, reviews and other prose work in a variety of publications in print and multi-media platforms. He was the coach and a member of the Columbus Slam Team that placed third in the 2000 Rust Belt Regional Poetry Slam (and won it in 2001), and was the coach and a member of Columbus's first-ever National Poetry Slam Team that participated in the 2001 National Poetry Slam. He is currently President of Poetry Slam Inc., which oversees the annual National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam; MCs an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio; and is the founder of the Greatest Slow Jam Ever website. In April 2006 Scott will attempt to make history by performing the first-ever 24-hour poetry feature.



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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #37 - The Critical Color Poetry Guide
Posted by John on Friday, June 01, 2012 (13:16:56)

Never again receive comments on poems you post online that you don't want with this handy new tool!

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #36 - 50 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians are Cooler than Poets
Posted by mamta on Friday, January 06, 2012 (15:49:53)

Way back in the day I mentioned this list was coming. That day has come.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #35: Take Your Advice and Shove It
Posted by mamta on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 (15:38:15)

If you ask me for poetry advice you may no longer be better for having done so.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #34: Letter Bag Q&A 2
Posted by mamta on Saturday, October 01, 2011 (01:59:49)

Actual questions from actual people getting actual answers from an actual dude. This episode: losing audience, posting poetry online, and losing audience again.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #33: So You Don't Like Poetry - A Primer
Posted by mamta on Monday, April 25, 2011 (03:38:59)

This month's column is dedicated to people who have no interest in poetry whatsoever.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #32: Spoken Word is Fried Chicken
Posted by mamta on Friday, January 07, 2011 (02:12:15)

I was recently asked if I had an opinion on the difference between spoken word and poetry. This open letter is all the answer you will ever need on that eternal debate.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #31: Why Are Poets So Dramatic?
Posted by John on Sunday, December 05, 2010 (18:59:00)

[ Note: First, I have to apologize for the numbering here. I did a column recently that was basically a rant that you had to read between the lines of to find any poetry meaning in (kind of like reading a book of Ron Silliman poems) and appallingly labeled it number 30. Well, it turns out I already had a 30. And while I could have shot a note to the webmasters of GotPoetry.com to just change the number for me, looking over the oeuvre of “Poetry Is Doomed” columns featured here it was clear that the last one could be too easily construed as not being about poetry at all. So I’ve decided to not count it. . So this is the real #31. To the business at hand… ]

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #30: Your opinion is not equal to my theory
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 (01:11:49)

I hate the phrase, “You weren’t there.”

Watching the recent video of football commentators Matt Millen and Steve Young argue about Brett Favre, I was driven to the keyboard in a fit of sputtering rage over the phrase, “You weren’t there.”

I hate the phrase, “You weren’t there.”


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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #30: Are Music Lyrics Poetry?
Posted by mamta on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 (00:38:09)

Wherein we learn the answer the second oldest poetry question of all time.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #29: If you're going to perform from paper...
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (13:02:28)

Four rules you need to keep in mind if you're going to skip memorizing your poetry for performances.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #28: Poetry Worth Dying For
Posted by John on Saturday, May 22, 2010 (14:12:40)

An Iraqi poet shared a poem that got him killed. What does this mean to a society filled to the brim with free speech poetry?




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #27: Poetry Touring: A Primer in Real Time
Posted by mamta on Friday, April 16, 2010 (07:07:41)

Maybe you should consider touring with your poetry...or not.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #26: Olympic Verse & Lucille Clifton
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 (05:22:24)

This weekend one really big door opened for poetry on the world stage, while another big door closed on the canon.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #25: More poems, fewer horror films
Posted by John on Monday, October 19, 2009 (13:06:40)

One of the things that really disappoint me are poems that attempt to strike my emotional chords with sledgehammers. Here's what I mean...





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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #24: Finger-snapping Your Way To Greatness
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (16:42:50)

Let's talk about something important for once: finger-snapping at poetry readings.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #23: The White House Poetry Jam
Posted by mamta on Sunday, May 17, 2009 (16:34:29)

If we can mark change post-Obama nowhere else in our society we can do so in the amount of ridicule that has been heaped upon poetry since his inauguration.

Guess whose fault that is.






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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #22: Indiana Jones and The Purpose of Poetry
Posted by John on Sunday, March 01, 2009 (01:53:04)

What is the purpose of poetry? Take the blue pill and find out!




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #21: The 2009 Inauguration Poem
Posted by mamta on Sunday, January 25, 2009 (07:07:42)

Criticism of Elizabeth Alexander’s inaugural poem by other poets runs the risk of seeming ungrateful or like poet-hating. There are many people who would argue that at least she got the shot, that it is essentially better than nothing.

I am not one of those people.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #20: 10 Great Gifts for Poets (and one you can skip)
Posted by mamta on Thursday, December 25, 2008 (13:29:54)

It's not too late to find that perfect gift for that imperfect poet in your life!





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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #19: Reading for the President is kind of a game-changer
Posted by John on Saturday, December 20, 2008 (01:17:04)

The poetry world waited with baited breath to see, first, if a poet would read at the presidential inauguration next January, and second, who it would be. Now we know that yes, there will be one and that Elizabeth Alexander is that poet.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #18: Betting on Slams Is Dumb
Posted by John on Saturday, December 13, 2008 (22:13:56)

Predicting slam results is like betting on New England weather: stupid.




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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #17: Five Jobs That Save More Lives Than Poets
Posted by John on Friday, November 21, 2008 (22:32:17)

Poets, get over yourselves. Half of you wouldn't survive a week in the shoes of these real American heroes without your precious meds.



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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry is Doomed #16 - The First Line is Your Friend
Posted by mamta on Thursday, October 23, 2008 (14:20:17)

There are times when a nice, fresh dead-mother-in-the-back-bedroom is exactly what a poem needs.

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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #15: The Mail Bag Remix
Posted by mamta on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 (12:38:24)

(Wherein the author takes your missives and dismisses them handily with wit, keen insight and a reference to alien invasions.)


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Poetry Is Doomed Poetry Is Doomed #14: The Academic Voice of Doom
Posted by mamta on Monday, June 09, 2008 (11:36:07)

The academic voice is one of the greatest hurdles to the acceptance of poetry beyond the navels of professors and MFA students the world over.

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