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June 13, 2008

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Great idea, JF, though it's hard to choose between the "need a sonnet and she's right on it" type and the selfless lass who mops up the mess while singing folksongs in a pure voice. Can we expand the categories? If Harold Bloom is the Henry Kissinger of literary criticism, who is the Hillary Clinton of poetry? And who the Judy Garland?

I think we might have to grant The Judy Garland to Richard Howard. As for the rest, it's all in play. Dichotomies never work--and I'm sure I myself manage to tap into both sets of hopes and values, depending on the day or the hour. Alger-ing is more fun, tho'. The Monk-Beggar Mind seems to slow down my production of work, and make me pique-ish. But if pressed, I'd say the Cinderella of the Folk Venue was surely a Worthy Beggar kind of lass. She thinks Beauty itself deserves Reward, where a good jazz pianist at the local bar knows he's delivering a service as well as a beauty. Entrepreneurs of the Poetry World? Well, in some ways, my model is you. (But can anyone other than me distinguish why I'd lump you in along side Wallace Stevens, Alice Quinn, William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, and Ross Martin in the entrepreneurial fold?)

Perhaps I'm confusing and blending issues of economy with issues of audience...

I'll keep thinking about the Hillary.

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