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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...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Freedom

I want to have total freedom in what I do in a poem. Fall into bathos, one of my favorite new tropes, expose something uncomplimentary about myself, have radical shifts in tone, break all the rules, not give two shits, abhor violence, refer to myself in the third person, translate from imaginary poets and set them at odds with one another (my first published poem actually did this in '78), skewer the laureates, write badly and even well at time, riff on odd themes.

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