More and more I realize I have a fundamental problem accepting the prevailing pieties of modern American poetry. Not only that but it seems as if my own ideas about poetry are not welcome within the mainstream of the American poetry community. I call this my Don Share problem. (Don Share, for those of you who don't know, is the highly regarded editor of Poetry magazine.) I've tried sharing my views with Don and his response was short and sweet - he blocked me from his Twitter account so I can no longer so much as view either his poetic or prosaic tweets.
In response to this later day form of digital excommunication, I've put together this short listicle that sets forth a few of my own ideas about poetry, which I hope may serve as counter-programming to one of American poetry's most prominent gatekeeper's more widely held beliefs: