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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...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Sometimes I feel the window is closed. I cannot imagine changing any habits, or learning anything new. Work continues, but plods on. At other times, I question everything. Why am I not a full-time translator of poetry instead of a critic? Having the window open is a good thing, but you wouldn't want it open all the time, or you could never settle into a routine. On the other hand, a permanently closed door would lead to stagnation.


Andrew Shields said...

The routine should never become routine.

Thomas said...

Another way to say the same thing: a routine is always just a routine.