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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, January 14, 2013


Once in New York after a poetry reading, I started to talk to one guy. It went something like this.

"Yeah, a guy came to my university to give a talk about visual poetry and was so boring. He just gave encyclopedia type definitions of visual poetry, concrete poetry. I finally had to interrupt him and tell him to get to the point."

Then, about half an hour later, I found myself talking to another guy.

"I gave a talk on visual poetry last week and this guy was so rude to me..."

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