Poetry Class War


  1. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian September 12, 2008 at 6:10 pm .

    It’s funny how complicated something like this is — I was going to say “for adults,” but I suppose even children would have a hard time not seeing their names attached to their creations.<BR/><BR/>You mention the “taint of reputation,” and that’s part of it, of course; but even names themselves have a way of affecting how we approach a new work. Maybe Brian was onto something with his “variegated

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm .

    William, I once had the notion to publish a little magazine without contributor names. The names would be listed in the subsequent issue. I was told it would create copyright havoc, but I still like the idea. Maybe do the thing online and "hide" the names so that readers would have to click to see them? I don’t know. But I do like the notion of removing all taint of reputation from the naked

  3. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian September 10, 2008 at 12:10 am .

    Brian, perhaps you should consider “bearded, esoteric loon.” It works for me.

  4. brian salchert
    brian salchert September 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm .

    Regular Social Security.<BR/>-<BR/>Given that the employments I had<BR/>where not high-scale, and that I<BR/>had to start early, I now get <BR/>less than $900 monthly, over a<BR/>third of which is for renting the<BR/>apartment I’m in, I get by okay.<BR/>Not having a vehicle or a TV helps.<BR/>If I could stop myself from buying<BR/>certain services I don’t really<BR/>need, that would help more;

  5. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian September 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm .

    Like any anthology, one that grouped poets by class would soar or suffer according to the talents and limitations of the anthologist, and the motives and assumptions he or she has going in. And of course, class and how we perceive and identify with it is only one type of baggage we carry; our basic fears and limitations are common to all. Poems that shine light on them are a blessing, no matter

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison September 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm .

    The pool for poetry would certainly expand if we made a category for non-working people. The gang that runs this joint has created a lot of them. How do you get by, Brian?

  7. brian salchert
    brian salchert September 9, 2008 at 3:28 am .

    I might post a response to this,<BR/>but I will say here/ I do not fit<BR/>in any of the above categories as<BR/>they are defined. I am a non-<BR/>working poor poet/ because the <BR/>state of my health forced me to<BR/>stop working 5 days before I <BR/>turned 62.

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