Justified Poetry

Why do poets feel compelled to apologize for their craft? To make an apology for poetry? While I understand that everyone has (acknowledged or unacknowledged) assumptions by which they guide their own reading and composition (aesthetics), do we really need to join the party of this-or-that aesthetic to write (and read) well?

Certainly, I have not written (nor read) well enough and perhaps a dogmatic allegiance to an aesthetic would help, but I doubt it. I am in a position now (in which I write seldom and read only somewhat more) that can not afford this kind of austerity. (March 21, 2009)

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