atavistic

Or just plain horrid?

The whole shebang – original article and all the reactions – seems to be operating on some terrifyingly primal level.

Why do we do these things?

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4 thoughts on “atavistic

  1. I mean…yikes.

    It’s nice to see that people care about poetry…enough to debate hotly and snarkily online (snarkiness begets snarkiness). But seriously, it is clear that people DO care.

    Truly, I don’t care to read through all of those comments, though it is heartening to see that so many people want to talk about this.

    Simply, I just don’t agree with Shivani, nor do I see the purpose of the article (especially with the slideshow, the effect of reading it is like reading those “What Were They Thinking” fashion features or top ten lists of celebrity cellulite).

    • What I find depressing is that the article, whatever the intention behind it, clearly hit some sort of collective nerve – as commentators keep repeating – and it seems like such an ugly, frustrated, pinching sort of collective nerve.

  2. Christine says:

    The reason everyone gets their panties in a twist is because Shivani got to put his list in Huffpo which has a larger number of readers and we, as a society of poets/writers, have this self-esteem problem: we think no one cares about our work. So as soon as someone publishes a list like this, the rest of the community has a collective freak-out. Nic, you’re right: it’s an ugly, frustrated, pinching sort of collective nerve.

  3. poets and writers. charged with capturing and conveying human experience. you’d think we be large and grounded and contain multitudes. you’d think.

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