|Where indeed. Attacking poets who responsibly and |
intelligently advocate for our art is gatekeeping,
pure and simple. It's also mean.
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But I got really upset and figured the most productive thing to do was to pledge my grievance, take my fight to the one place where it makes the most sense, where people will really care...my poor neglected blog.
Poet Sandra Simonds did it better. She wrote a much-needed and increasingly publicized open letter to the Poetry Foundation asking, in a nutshell, for them to step up and help poets in economic need.
You know, to do its job, the one it purports to do bigger and better than anyone else.
Simonds' letter was published on the Best American Poetry blog, and ended up lighting a fire under enough people to spawn a 1,000-signature-strong petition and a Facebook group.
But guess what else it did.