THOUGHTS ABOUT JUDGING POETRY (#12)
I just read a prizewinning book (in an earlier manuscript competition) where the judge chose, in hir introduction, to raise the tension between linguistic surface and meaning. Yawn. This is why I wonder if many "established" poets read enough, specifically beyond the circles in which they choose to be stuck -- if one pays attention to contemporary poetry, one might realize that this faux binary ceased to be of concern a long time ago to many poets (and among certain, ahem, non-colonized poets of color, this binary was never relevant).
I wish (yet again) poets read more poetry.
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