First off, apologies for what I assume is a late repost of this essay. I just bumped into it in my Google Reader on The AWL last night. Am behind in reading HTML Giant too, but I suppose I will see soon if they too linked to this essay as well. Here’s the link to The AWL post. Pretty funny, as The AWL is proving itself to be. I’m a new reader of the blog, just burrowing in, getting running gags, etc. Here’s the direct link to Daniel Nester’s essay “Goodbye to All Them” published by The Morning News, a site that I don’t really read but that I bump into now and again.
Now, when I read this essay last night I immediately wanted to post the link to my Facebook but then decided against it, so as not to seem * dramatic*, as I have a bunch of “poetry friends” on Facebook and didn’t want to make it seem like I was *aligning* myself with Nester’s message. So, I’m posting it here because I think other “New York Poets” should read it. Not because I want them to agree, not because I agree, but because the essay is there and it is bold. Does it take some cheap shots at the “poetry community”? Yes. Does it make the “poetry community” look like a snively bunch? Yes. But does he hit the nail on the head, as it were, about much of “poetry community” precedents and practices? Yes.
I am not interested, though, in presenting an arguement for or against this essay. Bumping into this essay was a nice surprise for me right now.
I write poems. I love poems. I love the feeling I get when I am looking at the things around me and I notice the shining in them. I love that that is something I can share. And for what it’s worth, that it is something that will always be mine, no matter the “community.”