Poetry doesn't get the props it deserves in the realm of popular media, possibly because not enough attention is given to the poets themselves.
Just imagine, though, if the great poets' lives were more fleshed out. What if, instead of a chipped Roman bust in some museum, our image of Homer was that of an old, wandering storyteller invoking the muses to help him tell a pack of rapt children about the wrath of arrogant, whiney Achilles.
Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Diane Raptosh, poet laureate of Boise, will speak at the College of Western Idaho's Nampa campus as part of the community college's Visiting Writer Series. Raptosh's poems have appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly and anthologies like New Poets of the American West, Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems and The Glenn Gould Anthology.
Raptosh holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at the College of Idaho and regularly conducts writing workshops, delivers readings and lectures on poetry in unusual places like maximum-security prisons and school busses. If you're interested in seeing a genuinely interesting person answer the question, "Why poetry?" this is your chance. Following Raptosh's remarks, there will be a Q & A session, as well as a reception.