Contemporary Poetry as Fan Culture?
I’m not much for superheroes, but I find this bit from Stephen Burt’s "Poems about Superheroes," from the Fall issue of Michigan Quarterly Review that will be up on Tuesday on Poetry Daily’s news page interesting:
We read comics when we are ten, or twelve, or sixteen, and discover that our peers, at some point, expect us to set them aside; we write poetry, for ourselves and for our friends and for our classmates and teachers in poetry workshops, through college—and then we discover that the adult world has much less room for it. Contemporary poetry, in other words, looks now (it never looked quite this way to Jarrell, nor to Bowers) like a subculture, or a fan culture, pursued in adult life by devoted amateurs and struggling professionals who know that most people, most serious readers (of literary novels) find little time and less use for it in their adult lives."
I went to a Sci-fi convention once, and, come to think of it, it did remind me a little of AWP. Hmm. Maybe Burt's got something?