Which, when and where I was younger, was pack-speak for “another ghastly continuum in human affairs”. And applied, of course, wherever you couldn’t apply an absolute black-or-white down-the-line response.
Because AGCHA is GRAY. (Or GREY, depending).
A proposition is made: One should always tell the truth. Killing is always wrong. Never use abstractions in poetry.
Do you agree or disagree?
And the answer has to be AGCHA.
Neither. Sometimes. Gray. (Or grey.)
So with Julie Carter’s fascinating series of resolutions about poetry boards. So far:
- Reciprocal critique is worthless.
- Poets and others should be able to critique the critiques.
- The most important feature of a poetry board is the community.
- A poetry board without conflict is just a teaparty
- Nothing ruins a board faster than bad moderators
- Most people who stick with a single board will eventually stagnate.
After much thought, I’m concluding that all of these propositions have the same answer: Sometimes.
That’s because poetry boards, like so much else we do, are just AGCHA.