Therefore Just Average?

Over at The Puritan, in their current “Epic” issue, Kevin Kvas raises some interesting questions about reading and writing in the age of the “twitterverse,” where everyone’s a smart-ass, while offering some possibly sententious comments on Matthew Tierney’s latest collection, Probably Inevitable.

Is it the influence of social networking, texting, and overall 24-hour news-byte-eating that makes a lot of poetry nowadays turn out this way? Or does it simply make our lyric-accustomed minds even more prone to reading it in such a fashion? Probably inevitably, it’s both.