Friday, February 16, 2007

A Note on Cultural Capital

I am surprised when American poets resort to calling each other bourgeois and privileged. I mean, this is North America in the 21st Century. Compared to 8/10's of the world, everyone likely to read this is bourgeois and privileged. An American poet can pretty much write whatever he or she wants because (sad to say, yes--but sad for reasons other than outdated Marxist rhetoric) no one in the real world cares what sort of poetry gets written.

Get a grip. It doesn't matter if you're driving an '83 Honda Civic or a brand new Lexus. The only way anyone is going to repossess your car is if you don't make the monthly payment. The banker isn't concerned with which side of the "great poetry debate" you write from.

And no matter what you're driving, if you have talent and persist, you'll get where you're supposed to be.


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