Saturday, January 30, 2010

When the Muse phones it in, the poet should not mail it in

Via Andrew Sullivan, this bit by Elisa Gabbert made me laugh out loud, but her larger point is right on:

Here's what I'd like to see more of in submissions: IDEAS. Why don't poems have more ideas? So many poems I read are essentially just descriptions. So you went outside. It was beautiful. Or not. I don't care how creatively you describe it, if it didn't trigger any thoughts beyond "Hells yeah I am going to describe this," it's not a poem.

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