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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Monday, March 28, 2011


Going another place and then coming back gives you perspective. I gave a section of my book as a lecture at CUNY on Friday. It was interesting because I could not count on my audience (or any particular member of my audience) knowing any particular thing about Lorca, Unamuno, Zambrano. I think the talk was fine; what response I did get was positive. But I realized I needed to engage with two audiences, those who already have a reason to care and those who are just showing up because they ought to. This principle applies to writing as well as to speaking.

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