|Chiwan Choi is subverting the tropes and expectations of a poet, using innovative new outlets -- including through Facebook -- to get his work to a broader audience.|
Poet and publisher Chiwan Choi had just finished a reading in Highland Park and was riding the bus back to his downtown L.A. apartment when something changed.
It was one of those picturesque days when the city seemed too perfect; the sky looked as if it had been painted by Rembrandt. Choi was excited, because the reading at Avenue 50 Studios had been packed, hinting at an epoch when poets were respected and idolized.
He found himself thinking that he was reaching a point of success as a poet. And that's when he realized, "Wow, I'm done."
"The stupid Facebook posts I write are probably seen by more people than all those who have read both my books combined," he says today, two months after his bus-ride awakening. "And if poetry is about getting to the reader and the world, then doesn't that defeat the point to write poetry and put it in a book that no one would read?"More »