Q. Cambridge’s poet populist, Peter Payack, is asking residents to submit a few lines of poetry for a “community poem.” Are ideas like this good for poetry?
A. I like the idea of many voices contributing to a single poem. The 19th-century proto-surrealist French poet Lautréamont once wrote that poetry should be made by everybody, and that sounds like what this project is carrying out.
The Globe was interviewing the 81 year-old on the occasion of his acceptance of an award at Harvard.
You can follow Lauréamont and Ashbery and be part of Seattle Writes: add your poem to the project now, or just see what others are up to!