Interesting take, Gene. I especially
like this paragraph:
The annual Best American Poetry
compilation (whose poems
are often equivalent to the random observations that one overhears
on the subway) expends more pages upon biographical details than
the actual poetry: so the reader will know who the poet is, where
from, what personal event makes his or her poem worth reading.
Cultural significance has replaced literary skill. We have become
a nation of poets who grope for meaning through social
I'm wondering, though, whether the state of the state of poetry,
as it were, or any other art, was ever in any better straits.
Reading your thoughts put me in mind of Ezra Pound's Mauberly
The "age demanded"
chiefly a mould in plaster,
Made with no loss of time,
A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabaster
Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.
A shift in identifying accountability, there, but the net
result would be the same, I think.
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If of interest. The discussion here of MA after her death
contributed to my thoughts.
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