Just been travelling around the blog world, listening to some of the bunk. One guy posts a response to someone else's manifesto on poet bloggers, and then the Commenters start in, and on and on it goes, knitting this wide world into the smallest of cliches.
So this "manifesto" which belittles MFA programs and MFA poets and poet bloggers, what is it? It's really nothing more than someone's BS getting spread around like diarrhea. It's not about anything terribly valuable. Just as this post is not the least bit valuable. I could just as well be scribbling in a journal that I hide under my bed. Who is the author of the "manifesto"? Anyone with any depth of experience with MFA programs? with MFA grads and their poetic output? Nah, I'm betting this guy got a sharp critique in some workshop and is devoting his energy to wholesale revenge of the muckraking kind.
But this is the intenet and hyperlinks exist and the fact that there is an audience suddenly creates authority where before it was nothing more than subjective crapola. It's all about is ATTENTION. It's this look-at-me kind of immaturity. I can string together big words with some minimal coherence, and I can spew out specious opinion, and I can belittle someone "important" and I have a corp of admirers - now ain't I something?
bunk bunk and more bunk.