I don't know whether I am just getting more involved or whether poetry is getting more popular, but it seems as though there are more and better poetry events happening with greater frequency than in previous years. I am finding it to be an exciting time.
The National Poetry Slam was held in Boston this year, so I had pretty much a front row seat for the whole thing. I was randomly selected to judge two bouts, which in one case got me one of the only seats in the house. All venues were standing room only - that's right, standing room only to see poetry.
It really feels like a new era for poetry with so many young people so involved. This is a great and fantastic thing.