For anyone interested in the recent discussion here and in Joseph's blog about a new Great Voices list, and who missed Mark Wallace's February discussion of Michael Theune's review of The Iowa Anthology of new American Poetries, it's worth taking a look at, especially as a lesson in the fraught business of making a list in the first place. I particulary appreciated Michael's remark, near the top of the long list of comments following the entry, that "While the middle space seems like it is a meeting ground for opposites, and so signals an end to the “poetry wars,” middle space poetry (as I argue in my forthcoming review) in fact very often depends on an other to define itself against. Much middle space theory sets itself up over and against a whole range of “accessible” poetry, from slam to “ultra-talk”/”stand up” poetry. Middle space poetry does not end the poetry wars, but rather wages it by other means." I had naively thought the Plumbline School, by promulgating an avoidance of extremes, would be a non-conflict zone. I begin to see the error of my ways.
Posted by Sheila at 10:11 AM