Poetry has gotten to be a more accessible art-form: An online interview with Kenneth Lumpkin

Kenneth Lumpkin: Professor of anthropology-William Paterson University; writer; poet; musician; gardener.

Dupur Mitra: Who are your major influences as a poet?
Kenneth Lumpkin: Charles Olson, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Snyder, Ginsberg, Bukowski.

Dupur Mitra: What does being a poet mean to you?
Kenneth Lumpkin: It means expressing my deepest desires and feelings in a free, accessible form.

Dupur Mitra: What is poetry?
Kenneth Lumpkin: Poetry is an energy or force that the poet obtains by paying attention to his inner processes, and then singing it on paper.

Dupur Mitra: What are your observations about trending of world poetry?
Kenneth Lumpkin: Poetry has gotten to be a more accessible art-form by the public, partly due to social media like Facebook.

Dupur Mitra: Is poetry movement can improve the poetry? if yes how, if not why?
Kenneth Lumpkin: The so called poetry movement is mainly due to many new people having access to the Internet and being able to self publish like never before, which is a good thing to a point, as long as ‘good poets’ keep writing and publishing.

Dupur Mitra: How would you describe the contemporary poetry?
Kenneth Lumpkin: Contemporary poetry? Don’t have an opinion on that.

Dupur Mitra: When did you start writing?
Kenneth Lumpkin: I write poetry in order to free myself of the burden of memory, and share with the world my story.

Dupur Mitra: What is your opinion about today’s world poetry movement?
Kenneth Lumpkin: I really don’t think there is a ‘world poetry movement’ as such, just a lot of people, and their mothers, putting it up there and out there. Vanity publishing is big as it is here on the Internet. All in all, it is good that folks are able to express themselves in a free environment, without fears of censorship. What more can a poet or any artist ask?

Thank you for the opportunity.





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