Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(7/16/2005 12:59:00 AM)
Max, my previous (somewhat covert) comment has followed you in the open,
Max, you have your brain substance in perfect order and all the glial cells appear very efficient.
As to judging poems, it is still a very individual thing and I believe it often matters whether one knows who the poet is. Show me a car with a Mercedes star on it and the seller has won half the battle. Another matter is who judges and it is, sadly, often those who apply certain arbitrary standards and rules and regulations that someone dreamed up in addition to being unable to write acceptable poetry themselves.
As to Tiffany Etter, I love her poetry and I love her soul bared to me (I think) through her work. For someone to call her work mediocre it should be emphasised that it is just a (very subjective) personal opinion.
Yes I take the author's age etc. in consideration but I prefer to read poems where I don't know the author.