2.27.2010

stuff posted to lists

I think the implication of the article is that "official verse
culture" is still the home of college profs., and is not online.
There are more prizes, but they are going to the same people, and it
is now more necessary to win a prize in order to get the college prof.
job that makes it easier to win prizes (two of the most spectacular
recent MFA program tenure track hires have been younger white guys who
have won lots of prestigious prizes but haven't published "too much").
And also, the longer someone is in academia, and/or the more
respected a person is as a poet, the less their work appears online.
To the point where the poet and/or her publishers actually has work
taken down, erased, unarchived.

So while I agree that teaching deepens my approach to poetry, I wonder
if you're reading the Chronicle of Higher Ed but don't know about
blogs, is this a sign to get out? How would you know what you don't
know?

In particular, for the past 20 years, the internet has been ideal for
poetry, and poetry responded. But internet/cable tv/music
video/reality broadcasting (which is usually written)/more scripted
programming is changing again. So there you see committees looking
for a poet who can teach composition and also teach screenwriting,
because they see that things are changing and student desire to be
prepared for a creative job market responds, but they look at people
with old school qualifications, not new ones: degrees in new media or
cinema rather than experience actually doing the stuff. The reason
this is so disappointing is that there WAS a brief window of time when
the town/gown divide was breached, when the doers were teaching.

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