Does poetry matter? On the one hand a poet like Mahmoud Darwish, clearly motivating a generation of people. On the other, the recent uproar over the Issue 1 Anthology that Ron Silliman, Kenneth Goldsmith and others have commented on. Kind of gets at the crux of the North American contemporary poetry scene by holding a mirror up to its nose. All these poets with google alerts. Is everyone really simply reading and looking for their own reflection? The comments are pretty funny. You can read a note from the editor here, and the comments here.

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