Many poets but few good poems: critics

Teenagers release balloons printed with poems at last year’s Vietnamese Poetry Day at the Literature Temple in Hanoi (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Many critics and poets attending a workshop on contemporary poetry in Hanoi on February 27 agreed: the country is home to many poets, but few good poems. “Never before there have been so many poets and poetry fans,” said poet Vu Quan Phuong. There are dozens of thousands of poetry writers throughout the country. “There are about four thousand poetry collections published each year,” he said. “Poetry has become an elegant spiritual creative endeavour, which should be respected and encouraged. Composing poems has become a passion of the whole community, but few poetry reciting galas have been organised.” Big-name publishers are no longer interested in printing poetry collections. That’s why poets themselves pay their own money to publish their work and struggle to sell their books. Poet Nguyen Viet Chien held that in the last year, poetry “lost the harvest” as there were no main prizes given to poets by the Vietnam Writers’ Association, the Hanoi Writers’ Association and HCM City Writers’ Association. “There are too few good poems while too many bad ones,” he said. “That’s why poetry… Read full this story

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