OUR largely unconscious assumptions work like a velvet rope: if a poet looks the way we think a great poet ought to, we let him or her into the club quickly — and sometimes later wish we hadn’t. If poets fail to fit our assumptions, though, we spend a lot more time checking out their outfits, listening to their friends’ importuning, weighing the evidence, waiting for a twenty and so forth. Of course, this matters only for poets whose reputations are still at issue. It may have taken Emily Dickinson 100 years to get into the club, but now that she’s there, she’s there.
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I was reading this article earlier this morning. Interesting stuff, and very reflective of contemporary writers' concerns/aspirations.My former advisor, Jeredith Merrin, is quoted in here! Jeredith is also a very talented poet.
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