Literary Letters: It Is Easy Enough For a Firm Man Who Knows The World To Brook The Rage Of The Cultivated Classes (part 4)

From Emily Crocker (Boulder, CO): For years I kept my past hidden from my parents and allowed them to peer at my world (of alcohol and drugs] with denial covered eyes, until recently when I let them in. It is always a risk to speak your mind and now I do so among a community of writers at Naropa University where I am obtaining my MFA in poetry and hope to teach high school and college kids the power of poetry. I appreciate your time and opinions and also the opportunity to submit my work. Similar post you should read.

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To Emily Crocker: What I really want is scathing criticism of Naropa. I’ve sent Waldman and Cie such critique and they react with silence. Shamefully, they refuse debate. Try writing something on the money trail and professorial perks at Naropa. Then see if Ann Waldman will smile at you. Also, writers do not belong in a comfy, self-congratulatory community like Naropa. They belong on the edge … and alone, though overtly critical of society. As for the power of poetry, that is a myth pushed by cowardly poets who desperately seek to elevate themselves in the eyes of the public. Poetry doesn’t wield any power at all today, except the power to earn money and brainwash the public into thinking that verse is another harmless product to be purchased like a DVD or self-help book. Poetling starlets like Pinsky, Collins, Dove, and Angelou keep their mouths shut for the dollar bill. They should be ashamed. Poetry has been coopted by academe which has been coopted by the corporation, and most poets have willingly sold out. Examine Poets & Writers, Inc.