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Poetry and money outside the US - Input Junkie
February 16th, 2011
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Poetry and money outside the US
It's my impression that poetry is more respected in just about any country that isn't the US. Are there poets who are making a living from their poetry in other countries? It doesn't need to be an especially great living, but for purposes of this discussion, I'm talking about royalties from books of poetry and other media, and from poetry readings.

For purposes of this discussion, income from teaching doesn't count, though I realize that a poet might be making money both from poetry and other sources. If you can think of anyone whose poetry plausibly could support them, let me know.

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From:theweaselking
Date:February 17th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
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Canada has a paid position of "Poet Laureate", but it's only one person at a time and I suspect poetry-only isn't going to pay your bills before you get nominated.
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From:st_rev
Date:March 6th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
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The US has a huge and vital poetry industry. It's called hip-hop.

The idea of poetry as something to read in solitary silence is something of a historical aberration.
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