Poets for hire on the streets of New Orleans. But, I will point out, while the article does mention a poetry event series focused on poets of color, the people in the article’s pictures are all white. This seems to be a case of missing much of what makes New Orleans unique – and it’s not the contributions of white people. On the positive side, it’s nice to hear that a few folks are making a viable living as ‘poets for hire’ or writing poetry on demand. I’m all for it. And it’s very true that American media has neglected its poetry lovers. Poets get a little attention. Poetry scholars get even less. But people who just like poetry? They might as well not exist.
First, let me say that Eric Hobsbawn is a great historian. Period. And let me also say that I concur with him that replacement of ‘manifestos’ with ‘mission statements’ is appalling. The world needs more manifestos. Maybe I’ll write one. Probably not.