"D00d, Modernism Sux" redux
This time it's from a much bigger fish, our current poet laureate of America, Ted Kooser...from an excerpt from his Poetry Home Repair Manual:
A lot of this resistance to poetry is to be blamed on poets. Some go out of their way to make their poems difficult if not downright discouraging, because diffi cult poems are what they think they’re expected to write to advance their careers. They know it’s the professional interpreters of poetry—book reviewers, professional literary critics—who most often establish a poet’s reputation, and that those interpreters are attracted to poems that offer opportunities to show off their skills at interpretation. A poet who writes poetry that doesn’t require explanation, who writes clear and accessible poems, is of little use to critics building their own careers as interpreters. But a clear and accessible poem can be of use to an everyday reader.
Btw, who is this "everyday reader"? Btw, he actually references "beret-wearing poets" later in this little snippet as a kind of anti-cultural touchstone. Super.