Objections to Poetry’s ‘Gatekeepers’ (the Atlantic)

Poetry Isn’t as Useless as a Lot of Folks Say It Is

…. “That’s because folks like Alexander have worked to create a myth of an essential poetry, poetry that is important because of what it is, rather than because of what it says.

It’s long past time, therefore, that we stopped asking “What Use Is Poetry?” and started asking, “What Use Is This Poem?” In some cases, maybe, we’ll find uses we didn’t know existed.” ….

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Poetry Isn’t as Useless as a Lot of Poets Say It Is
A recent speech at Yale inadvertently sums up what’s wrong with the art form these days: Its gatekeepers believe poetry matters because it’s poetry, not because of what it says.
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Saw someone had accessed a forgotten posting of this article on this blog from 2013 in my stats. Glad to be reminded… I had recently written a piece that said something different (as yet untyped up) but still had a bone to pick with the ‘gatekeepers’ as a whole. I am not sure the intuition is as correct as I thought at the time. It had to do with the lack of abstraction I felt the journals I had looked at seemed to display – as though clinging to the concrete was the only way to give poetry legitimacy. POETRY Magazine is the only one I get in the mail, and I haven’t had $s to get others, but I’ve looked at some websites. On later rechecking, it seems less so, although certainly there is less usage of extremely powerful abstract vocabulary from the maths/logics/sciences than I sometimes use. Alternate problems (particularly the slice of twitter in my feed) — excess of relationship/love/erotic poems – excess to a lesser degree of nature poems. Interesting maybe for the first 200 tweets/posts. after that bleck. Noor Shirazie (also on Twitter) is a notable exception – I read through several hundred of her poems a few years ago; always about relationships broken or current, but always something interesting to say. Even so, I find myself tiring of it since I’ve started following her on Twitter. Also, why constrain yourself to one subject??!

[[instant edit: I also objected to the over representation of things with clear determinate interpretations. That may have been the nut. ‘Abstract Poetry’ as in ‘Non-representational art’ … certainly does not seem entirely so in the last two issues of POETRY. Certainly, still, word choice and subject matter Set-Space parameters are very different from some of what I consider my best work]]

Pile of Nerves

Stresses tear, on and away
How have I grown into one so unable to do the smallest things?
Where does it all begin?

It was X, and then it was Y, and as that eased, well Z crept up, and crept, and year on year, and now there’s J, and still there’s Z, and oh, how the letters go and go and go…

But in the end there’s only [me.. and CPU overheated, as at least once a day] … ?

Bottles up & open

Step left or right

Let no one see you stumble

Instagram perfect life

Triazolam & dextro amphetamine & zolpidem & fluoxetine & nicotine & diacetylmorphine & caffeine & ibuprofen & THC

Band gap sudden springboard

‘allo old boy what’chu need?

Mostly postage, peace, & quiet

Stretch symbols to break & hybridize

Stop to flourish, 4 days, then stop, wilt & rot once more

Rapid cycles of effervescence

Try not to speak too softly not too loud

Not to lie down not make yourself a bullseye…

PoeticPostcards: #48-53 – Series B

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Another round up, also to 20003 area. They may’ve arrived by now? The draft said it was 3 days old, and obviously I must type before I send them off… PoeticPostcards

“Knowing not what to
say, she babbled: “How can it
not be so when it was ever
thus? Who makes the mix tapes?”

300 DPI postcard design from me to you!

Unitarian Panpsychist Prayer

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Psychedelic Film Criticism for the Already Deranged
Caretaker Sparkle: ROOM 237 [[<<film title]]

http://acidemic.blogspot.com/2013/10/room-237-ripped-dannys-dopey-decal-off.html

Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car

“One analysis in Seattle found that required parking drive up [apt] rents by avg $250 a month”

“A single [above ground] parking space costs more than twice the median net worth of black and Hispanic households”

(via Hacker News app) : Washington Post

Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car http://hn.premii.com/#/article/12946976

What is to be done? A message for the left – writeforthemasses

What is to be done? A message for the left

“The first thing to do is to organize. The left has been in pieces for decades and this is the best chance to finally unify.”

“But the important thing now is to change the future, the future that we believe we deserve we can have if we just fight for it.”

“Many will already call for grassroots action to help facilitate change but there are serious limitations to this approach.”

Etc.

A haiku by me:
< Organization / Web of semantic arrows / Fires growth of spirit >
It is embedded with a tool, I am providing free of charge. Mail does not actually require return addresses, I hear, and for postcards it certainly doesn’t.. Use for whatever, I suppose. If the below are not 1800×1200 (suitable for offset printing), they are also available here: Psychic Fugue Studio:
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James Radcliffe – Hatred Cannot Be Our Answer

Hatred Cannot Be Our Answer

“I know that it is too soon.  That for some of you the shock and disbelief will be too near; but despair is a luxury we cannot afford.”

“Apathy is the enemy.  If we give up we become part of the problem.  If we want things to improve we have to work.”

Etc.

A haiku by me:
< Organization / Web of semantic arrows / Fires growth of spirit >
It is embedded with a tool, I am providing free of charge. Mail does not actually require return addresses, I hear, and for postcards it certainly doesn’t.. Use for whatever, I suppose. If the below are not 1800×1200 (suitable for offset printing), they are also available here: Psychic Fugue Studio:
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