How much can you eat before, well, before "you know what" happens?
No, I'm sorry, I don' t know what.
One of my favorite journals, The Boston Review, is showing once again why it’s one of my favorite
journals. Here’s a discussion between
Mike Chasar and Jed Rasula, where they’re looking at the culture of contemporary
poetry. So is the number of poets (the
glut! oh no, the glut!) good for the art form?
My gut reaction (you could maybe call it my glut reaction)
is to say that questions like “Is it a glut?” or “Is it a problem?” aren’t
nearly as interesting as questions like “Who is it a problem for?” and “Why do
those people think it’s a problem?” For critics like Burt, it’s a problem
because it challenges what it means to be an “expert” in American poetry. … how
can you be an arbiter of taste if you can’t read everything to pass judgment on
it? Insofar as the centrality of Official Verse Culture is affected by a period
of glut—where there is no longer an official center—then Official Verse Culture
has a stake in the matter.