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The discussion here seems completely polarized, like that on other listservs I've been on. People choose up sides, commiserate with their allies in deriding the other side, etc.
I can see that you have a point, Lamont et al. I'm going to try to read more established poets. Not that I haven't read any, but I'm going to make more of an effort.
Can you see ANY merit at all in trying to see the good in what someone's written, even if it's one line, even if it's an uncut jewel? And that there's lots of good?
I'm certainly not saying everything's good, though there may be some good that comes of the writing/posting of everything, for someone.
What's the purpose of this discussion? That might be a question to contemplate.
Useful question, Max. I don't mind the polarization, but it would be nice if we could carry on without folks lobbing insults. Regards.