Many of you who are regular visitors to this space have commented that I run a sort of “anti-blog” due to its infrequent updates and longer than necessary narratives bellowing, often, about bellowing itself. Of course, I don’t mean to begrudge this particular kind of genius, but it turns out I can’t stand it either. Thusly, I am AGAIN committing to the notion of writing an actual blog, one that is more shreds and shrapnel than my usual moribund mortars. And it will be daily, yes, which will likewise command a measure of brevity, yes, and it will be for you, yes you, all for you Darling Reader – because, as Whitman wrote, “To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.” Now, I don’t plan to be great today, so you don’t have to either, but I suppose we could agree to meet halfway sometimes, have a chat, pass notes like spies – either or, I’m here for you.
What’s interesting to me is that Whitman’s quote was once the motto of Poetry magazine which was “the object of the vitriolic disapproval” of poet Ezra Pound. In 1914, Pound wrote in an essay of the same publication: “The artist is not dependent on the multitude of his listeners. …This rabble, this multitude – does not create the great artist. They are aimless and drifting without him.” This, of course, came from a man who would eventually become an anti-Semitic Axis propagandist during World War II.
I side with Whitman.
(…and Poetry, which incidentally, in 2003, received a grant for $100,000,000. Address your grant checks here.)