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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, May 9, 2011


If I write on one of my blogs, then these notes have to be at least comprehensible to someone else. I have to use complete sentences. Or at least coherent sentence fragments. When I open up a Word document and start to type, however, I often do not follow this rule of coherence and clarity. The blogs, then, have helped me to develop the ability to write spontaneously, rapidly, with some degree of lucidity. I even revise blog posts as a courtesy to my readers and not to embarrass myself. Really, though, I am helping myself by expressing my ideas with a minimal degree of competence. When I develop the capacity to do this when nobody else is going to see what I write, I will be doing myself a huge favor.

1 comment:

profacero said...

This is exactly why I started my blogs.