Friday, March 21
An obsession with "good versus bad" or "successful versus unsuccessful" poetry is the hobbyhorse of conscientious or anxious beginning writers and readers and poetry professionals. Experienced poets worry about this about as much as a chef in a very busy restaurant might worry on any given day about whether their meals are up to snuff. They think about it if a customer complains or if a reviewer has entered the restaurant because their focus, in any case, is to cook as well as they can all the time. Experienced poets worry less about whether their own poetry is worthwhile and more about whether the whole endeavor of poetry is worthwhile -particularly in their own era.