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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 28, 2013

New York School

I have been heavily invested in the New York School. Here is a blog devoted to these poets and painters. I have a collection of several dozen books by Ashbery, Schuyler, Koch, Guest, and O'Hara, plus second generation poets like David Shapiro and Ted Berrigan. I own books by Berrigan's sons too.

This is strange to me, now. To be so heavily invested in a world that is not mine, that has nothing to do with me. At some point I could have said, I know enough about it, and moved on. It's kind of like a fantasy life.

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