Wednesday, March 07, 2007

When supply outstrips demand, talent

I'm out of it at the moment, so please go read Zach Wells on the funding structure that encourages what he calls the "hyperthyroidal" publishing of Canadian poetry.

The obvious counter-argument is that, if anyone with a working Return key and a nature encyclopedia (two essential tools in the creation of poetry, as far as I can tell) can get published, then at least there is little chance of a genuinely talented poet going completely unbound.

The counter-argument to that is that who would even notice a talented poet within such a river of crap?

The counter-argument to that is that talent will out.

The counter-argument to that is... will it?

To which I answer, "Who cares? We're talking about poetry here, for god's sake."

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