Marcus Goodyear

Recovering the Lost Joy of Poetry Games

Some poets forget how to chase the ball.

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There are many people online playing at poetry the way I played at dog scootering with my dog Ajax. I didn't even know there was a name for what I was doing, I just knew that it was fun and that my dog loved it. Many of the folks playing poetry on their blogs are having fun in much the same way.

It is time for the world of poetry to embrace these people. They are potential readers and purchasers of poetry. They are ripe to learn the formal rules of the game.

All we have to do is reach out to them, swallow our pride, and shout some encouragement as they race by. If we're feeling really generous, we could even join them in their games from time to time. As long as their love for poetry is alive, we have nothing to lose.

Marcus Goodyear is senior editor for He is the author of a collection of poems, Barbies at Communion.

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