- Criticism of contemporary poetry is largely ineffective, whether it be fanboy lovefests or Comic Book Guy "worst poem ever" disregard.
- Thus, criticism is rarely careful critiques based solely on the work; the product of tools and choices "mastered" by the poet.
- People write poetry. Few people read poetry. Fewer people read poetry criticism. About 3 people are writing it. We are losing this critical language, our ability to express it as well as our ability to work over it in our heads.
- Poetry book reviews are trying too hard to be like NY Times book reviews, meaning the focus of the reviews that are being written is often on the reviewer's ability to review, rather than on the important work done in the book...or, they come across like infomercials, "Now with 50% more lyric power!"
- Academic fallout. Now that all poets are MFA trained, once they leave the rigors of the the academic world, its easy to revel in he ease of the pop-critical thumbs up, thumbs down.
- The Internet makes it possible to say anything without any real thought and from a safe distance...I blog, I get it, I've said some things here that I would never say in "real" life to real people. I'm trying to be more thoughtful with that, to imagine possible reactions and to address them in my original statement, but I've only got my brain.
- The flipside to this is the assumption that a bad review for one book equates a bad review for all of poetry, and why kick they guy while he's down. With so few readers, why try to convince more people to not pick up a book of poetry. Your mom told you about this a long time ago, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
- The poetry world is so small, soo small, that's it hard to be critical without being critical of your friends, or at most, of your friends' friends.
Zapruder's critical criticism
Black Ocean's critical conditions