Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

No one, is buying poetry

No one, is buying poetry.
You can barely give it away,
They might read it online, free,
But no one wants to buy it.
They'd rather have a mental illness or
A criminal conviction, or
Be long term unemployed, or
Live in a dodgy house
In an even dodgier suburb, or
Have failed relationships
And broken families, or
Looming hastened mortality,
But just not that.

It is failed wisdom
In the anthropocene,
It generates from self
And must be imbibed,
Inwardly digested and
Appreciated in time,
Upon absorption and
Reflection in quiet solitude.
Worse, these are words
Not derived from self!

No evidence of achievement
As success outwardly displayed,
It falls silent and is lost to
Lairs, Spivs and strutting Ponces
In the roar and glare, fleeting but primal,
Affectation rooted ostentation.
It's no one's fault, as most things
Are no one's fault,
Fashion tears and grinds its pestle
Grates its trends as roadside scrapings
Mends the way for fecund insurgents,
Churns in wake a peeling youth
Whom quickly learn
And yearn for proof, but
Alas a troubled legacy,
Maturing wrinkled poverty,
Remiss at bliss unaware of this,
No care for creeping reality
Or an absurd actuality:
Titular is this noble passing,
Pallor grows with celerity, and
It ends as it started certainly, that
No one, is buying poetry.

Submitted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013

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  • Shahzia Batool (9/8/2013 2:50:00 AM)

    a true chaos...!
    yes, you are right...the interest in poetry is not diminished, this can be seen through a great number of membership on thousands of poetry sites and public pages...!
    no doubt, this is an online world time...but even then, buying or no buying, the importance of published content is unrivalled...when one goes to participate in any literary occasion, event or a festival, he is asked generally how many published books he has got on his credit...!
    so, in case of the absence of book-readers, the publication of book is just for one satisfaction of the poet...that yes...he is the author and owner of the book....this is enough aesthetic profit for his life-time! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (8/31/2013 2:10:00 PM)

    I am uncomfortable with matters of the heart becoming reliant upon financial reward. I do not care for televisions, game consoles celebrity or any other means of brainwashing. I find it very easy to buy into poetry of the heart and am frequently horrified by the intellectually bankrupt creatures that sell their souls for a hint of fame. Thank goodness that I can access the contents of your beautiful heart for free Danny. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/15/2013 2:09:00 AM)

    You could be surprised one day. Remember just how great you feel after writing it. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (8/12/2013 9:03:00 PM)

    living a poem badly is no incentive to open a book of them. Living one well you probably don't want to be confronted by a book of 'em. So where's the market? (Report) Reply

  • Bobby Wynn (8/10/2013 10:22:00 AM)

    The truths you speak are very sad ones known as entertainment on the flat screen. Great poem. I enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (8/6/2013 9:43:00 AM)

    Not everyone likes poetry
    Only those with different highly perceptions of what beauty and joy really are
    And so we are lucky
    that though we can't equal their number
    we are differently made.
    GO POETS. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/5/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    So very true though my booklets are in the library and in the archive and perhaps someone in 100 years time might dig them up, all poetry books in my library go out once a year. It would be easier to sell anthrax. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (8/3/2013 6:51:00 PM)

    No on can ever buy my poetry. It is my heart speaking and it is not for sale. Some day someone might buy a book with my poem in it and pay a small fee to read them I hope they do and enjoy my words. (Report) Reply

  • Benjamin Michael Clark (7/31/2013 9:45:00 AM)

    This is a great poem and like others had said, poetry is priceless. It's our passion for poetry that drives us, not money. Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. - Indian Proverb. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Adheez Van Der Beanthz (7/31/2013 9:34:00 AM)

    agree with Valerie and Valsa
    poetry created with emotion
    expression of honesty from the heart
    share, valued and recognized is the highest honor that we can expect from a poem
    so, no matter if it is not producing money
    because it was not the real purpose of our works
    at least this is my personal opinion
    More than that, this is outstanding work
    really enjoyed to read it
    thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/31/2013 8:18:00 AM)

    Though no one buys poetry, the satisfaction we get, the pleasure we derive from this 'rewardless endeavour' is amazing and worth the effort!
    Not many enjoy it because;

    It must be imbibed,
    Inwardly digested and
    Appreciated in time,
    Upon absorption and
    Reflection in quiet solitude! ! GREAT WRITE, Danny! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/30/2013 2:00:00 PM)

    No-one will buy my Ebook then when I eventually get it out there - oh well, one can but try. We do enjoy each others efforts though here on PH, don't we? Enjoyed this one anyway Danny, so keep them coming. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (7/30/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    An eloquent and entertaining argument which displays your worthy credentials as a serious poet.
    (Never mind, we can have fun bartering poems between ourselves) . (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (7/29/2013 11:05:00 AM)

    You are so right and what a shame. A clear and complete analysis of the state of
    poetry in this modern world.A wortwhile write 10 (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (7/29/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    yes, i agree with you, no one buying poetry despite all the things you mention... excellent poem.. (Report) Reply

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