Thursday, May 08, 2008

To the Demi-Puppets

My problem with demi-puppets isn't that they work low-level jobs in the lit-biz. Not at all. It's instead that they relentlessly support the status quo-- things as they are-- cannot see that our literature A.) is on the wrong course; B.) can be much better. It may have something to do with their being INSIDE the system; that they've been trained to conform.

To say, for instance, that academic poetry was good sixty years ago is hardly an argument for the stale and lethargic academy poetry of now.

It's like "The School of Rock"-- new generations taught to do it the way it's been done; the same postures, the same sound, with a few differences in notes. Worship the dead. You're perpetuating a dead art form.

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