19 mar. 2004

I should point out, in view of Chris L's recent post about the "poverty of approach," that most of us do spend most of the time promoting the kind of poetry we like. It's just that the attack mode seems to garner much more attention! For example, when I posted those critiques of new formalist poems, (something I hadn't done in a long time) my page visit stats suddenly spiked: twice as many people were reading the blog as when I was just posting my normal musings on my daily readings. A critique is more likely to provoke an answer on another blog, and readers will fip back and forth to follow the debate. No one posted links to my posts about particular books I had read and liked in the last few days, only to my more critical remarks.