|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #55|
"I agree. Poetry can't be taught. To you."
the wheel within the clay.
When "poets"¹ complain about how lousy poetry is they mean that it is not in accordance with their taste or, more to the point, their style. If only the world could see that only their aesthetic is transcendent!
Needless to say, publishers and editors roll their eyes and move on.
|Theodore Sturgeon at 67|
The incontrovertible evidence has been listed here and elsewhere: poetry sales going from parity to a 200-to-1 underdog compared to fiction sales; no iconic lines, let alone poems; concentration on poets, not poems; blurbing rather than criticism; no presence beyond literary magazines; across-the-board technical deficiencies in poems and poets; etc.
Perhaps we should hold a funeral to give the Glee Club some closure.
¹ - By "poets" in scare quotes we mean those who don't know poetry's basics and read only their own works and those like it.