The multi-dimensional Mr. DE Navarro is the Founder of NavWorks Press, and an author, poet, editor, publisher, speaker and life-coach. His LinkedIn profile shows he is also a Sr. Analyst, Tech Editor/Writer for a global company. He owns a poetry group on LinkedIn called the “We Write Poetry Wordshop Forum”, where he mentors emerging poets, and a poetry channel on Disqus called the “We Write Poetry Challenge Forum” where he teaches poetic techniques and issues challenges.
We are in conversation with him on DYNAMICS, to discuss the emerging trends in poetry, and its place in modern life.
RS: Mr. Navarro, let us start with the latest ‘Nobel’ controversy sweeping the literary world – “What exactly constitutes poetry?” Is it a song, is it a style, or literary ownership of a genre?
DEN: I think that throughout history we can see this see-saw battle between academic authorities and the people, on what constitutes poetry. Academia and scholarly presses have a tendency to endeavour to define it and limit it to what they say it should be, while the people, the publishers, the venues where poetry is spoken and performed, have a wider interpretation as to what constitutes poetry. As a child, my poetry mentors actually had me study the lyrics of Bob Dylan for their literary and poetic value, and that was way back in 1977.
So it seems to me that the individuals who determine the Nobel Prize were very open-minded to what has been accepted as being of literary value by the people, and making that leap or change to recognize that song lyrics have poetic literary value. I couldn’t agree more. As far as I am concerned, anything written that is not prose is a kind of poetry. Prose represents normal communication within the parameters of regular informative expression. Poetry is taking words and arranging them in a manner apart from prose, to express more than just the information conveyed by normal speech.
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