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It's not because poets are writing irrelevantly...'

Eileen Tabios:
"And since this is a poetry blog, if you believe poetry is marginalized in today's (U.S.) culture and want to know why poetry is marginalized, it's NOT BECAUSE POETS ARE WRITING IRRELEVANTLY. It's not because poets aren't writing about what's 'important' to write about like politics (what's 'important' is subjective, yah?). It's not because poets are writing 'elliptically'. It's not because poets are writing 'narcissistically'. It's not because poets are 'writing to each other.' It's not because poets are flarf-in'. It's not because they're too 'quiet' or too 'avant'. It's not because too many poets write 'academically' or got their MFAs. It's not because poets aren't doing their job -- anyone who feels they can define a poet's 'job' is generally just arrogant or looking for a way to grab attention for himself (yes, it's usually a him).

If you believe poetry is marginalized (and that is an 'if'), then poetry is marginalized today in large part because K-12 (Kindergarten to 12th grade) education has, in too many cases, eliminated the relevance of the arts....including any notion that a particular art form can be expanded beyond what is inherited by an artist."
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