1. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato August 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />thank you for the Hoffer reference: just the person I need in my own battles in Canada against a very prevalent soul-numbing conformity to mainstream (CanLit) culture.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm .

    Well, you know how much I agree with you on this. It&#39;s the True Believer mentality <a href="http://www.erichoffer.net/&quot; rel="nofollow">Eric Hoffer</a> analyzed so well. It values fealty over accomplishment.

  3. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />I like Howard Nemerov, too, and for all the reasons mentioned here.<br /><br />It sort of bothers me too that significant literary figures like Nemerov (and perhaps James Wright, Frank Bidart) are being disprespected by the &quot;quietist&quot; labels of post-avants: poets with far less command of the resources of language and poetry skill

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