The following quotes were taken from the “Poetry Foundation’s 15 most-read Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine articles.”
“America’s poets have a minimal presence in American civic discourse and a minuscule public role in the life of American democracy.” —David Biespiel (no. 6)
“The most prevalent poetic representation of contemporary experience is the mimesis of disorientation by non sequitur. Just look into any new magazine. The most frequently employed poetic mode is the angular juxtaposition of dissonant data, dictions, and tones, without defining relations between them. The poem of non-parallelism—how things, perceptions, thoughts, and words coexist without connecting—is the red wheelbarrow of Now . . .” —Tony Hoagland (no. 5)
To write a good poem about an ugly thing, as Seidel does often, is not to write an ugly poem . . .” —Molly Young (no.2)
“Since very few non-poets read poetry, it makes sense that our audience is 98 percent poets. And poets are more easily manipulated than most artists. Our art is based on the most subjective of terms—it rises and falls based on nothing tangible. One minute you’re Mark Van Doren, the most important poet in the world. The next you’re Yvor Winters, mostly forgotten.” —Jim Behrle (no. 1)
No suprise these sentiments (which by now are truims) on the zeitgeist of American poetry were the most-read.
poets have minimal presence
disorientation by non sequitur
our audience is 98 percent poets
The most-read Poetry Foundation sentiments of 2010:
Tiny, incestuous, impotent enclave of poets reading non sequitur, hoping against hope that a good poem on ugly isn’t ugly.