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BOOK VS. TALK:
The story of 20th-century American poetry. Oh joy! What more can be said? Perhaps something new can be extrapolated from something very old : say, the battle between text and oral performance. [...]

American poets, I suppose, will continue to cluster in groups of various kinds. But I would guess that these groupings in future will have more to do with feelings of kinship stemming from political, class, ethnic, religious, or other kinds of social allegiance, than with a sense of kinship based on chosen literary styles or theories of poetry. Because the stylistic and theoretical allegiances which evolved in the 20th-century – based, so emphatically, on text rather than performance – are already irrelevant to contemporary practice. The new/old poetics must take the measure, not of text, but of incantation.
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At 10:18 AM, Blogger cheesemeister replied:

To be honest, I never considered whether one kind of poetry was better than another. I'm one of those people that may not know art, but I know what I like. I like reading poetry and writing it just for fun, and I'm afraid it would pollute my enjoyment to care about "poetic factions" or such. But I am excited to find a blog about one of my favorite things.
Peace,
The Cheesemeister
Pedestrian Connoseur of the Arts and Glutton for Good Times    



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