The world is visualized further and further. This can be seen also in the monetary value of different culture sectors: Visual arts are winning, literature loosing. Why do I think poets could bring money back to the literature field?
I am currently having an extremely interesting read at hand called “Seven days in the Art World”. The writer, Sarah Thornton, explains the rise of art market and increased assets connected to pieces of art by highly-agreeable arguments.
First of all, people are nowadays formarly more educated than ever, but also read less literature than they used to. Why? Because literature needs concentration and time, too actually quite fair but still for many non-existing resources. In my opinion we are now practically accepted to have just a Youtube-clip length concentration span (something between 20 seconds and around 7 minutes), and even though time is the most equal resource of the world (everyone has the same 24 hours in their day), no-one seems to have it.
Putted to this context, visual art is easy. You can just go to a gallery with a friend, see something, talk about it immediately and possibly buy it. Among literature, you are likely to need to have a long solitude phase when you read the actual piece of art and you are likely to find just a few people with who you can discuss about the book. Also, investing in literature is something totally uncommon.
When I pumped in the internet to this article in Marie Claire, I saw a chance: Poets are gonna save the literature, or at least bring the money back in there! As we know, where there are stylish and beautiful people, where there is something not too time consuming you can brag a little bit with, and maybe some scandals, next there will be money as well.
So, performance poets: Go for one-liners, collaborate with typographs, find a good manager, arrange events around the world and you are more than good to go! If you can’t stick to one-liners, you can always sell you longer poets by the reputatation of the visual work.
And by the way, if your impression after reading this is that I have something against visual arts, I just want to say that you are very, very wrong.