Monday, August 07, 2006


Conrad, I agree, sort of. Conspiratorial rather than critical and researched, FOETRY brought out the worst in people and was an analgesic for poets when critical practice goes wholly absent. Critical writing, well-authored and -researched and signed, could have kept contests from printing the (nepotistic, or otherwise) crap that keeps getting printed. The National Poetry Series or The Yale Younger Poets, for instance. How many recipients of this award, from the last ten years, can you name? Are contests fixed? No. The greater questions have been what writing have the contests introduced, and how has it continued to shape poetic practice. FOETRY could not ask this question because it could not answer it.


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