Mlinko champions poets who shun the limelight and refuse authority then faults the Academy of American Poets for foraying into the cultural marketplace to promote the work of the poets she champions.
She is hell-bent on picking a fight, here: what harm is there in seeding a "Poem In Your Pocket Day" during National Poetry Month? Why not encourage the masses to carry a favorite poem around? One glance at Poets.org and it's clear the Academy's not feeding them one kind of poem. Far from "cooked meat."
If a poet stood out on a street corner handing out poems, Mlinko wouldn't blink. If an organization (even a non-profit one like the Academy of American Poets) does it, Mlinko cries gimmick.
And Mlinko stops short in her beef, leaving out the programs of the Poetry Foundation, where she was a recent resident writer for their Harriet blog. But I suppose you can't bite the pure products that feed you. That would truly make her an anarchist--not the vitriolic critic she aims to be.
New York, NY
Apr 9 2008 - 9:39am