There there, Ron; there there….

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  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm .

    Hello, Iain. When you write, "[Ron’s] statements seem little more than an attempt to warn against those people who try to fit Dickinson and Whitman into a conservative tradition," you miss both Ron’s point and mine, I think. Ron’s "School of Quietude" is not "conservative"; it is an ad hoc collection of poets he doesn’t like. Let’s take, for example, Campbell McGrath (not a poet I’m wild about,

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 16, 2009 at 5:47 am .

    Hear! Hear! I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of Silliman’s blog. I used to read it regularly, mostly for his links to poetry news (which are great and really fill a void on the interweb), but then I started reading the reviews and articles he writes and…I couldn’t believe how creepy and negative and badly argued it all was. He’s really gone overboard with the Us vs. Them thing, (e.g.

  3. Iain
    Iain January 16, 2009 at 12:37 am .

    Is Ron really being all that "creepy"? Perhaps he leaves himself open to this type of attack, but his statements seem little more than an attempt to warn against those people who try to fit Dickinson and Whitman into a conservative tradition. To separate these two poets from their subversiveness and from their intentional offensiveness to conservative tradition is to separate them from

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