Monday, March 10, 2008
I don't like most of what I've read of Billy Collins or Robert Pinsky, but some of what they've written kicks some ass. I think I agree with their politics and the way they see the function and value of poetry in society. Please stop bashing them, poetry people.
That goes for Slam Poetry, too. It is not an inferior art form. Saul Williams is a genius. Spoken word is not something to make fun of. Pick something harder if you want to make fun of something. What's with the soft targets anyway?
Why not criticize and condemn your peers so that poetry might actually become what it once was? Dynamic. Maybe after you've shown a little hubris, people might consider you an artist.
Toughen up. It's a rough world, little poets.