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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...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

L'esprit de l'escalier

In a dissertation defense once, a student said her aim was to give voice to the indigenous poets that she was studying. I should have said, no, these poets already have a voice, your aim is to represent their voices to an academic audience, to show how they can be studied in that context. Still a worthy aim.

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