It's like practicing the piano for a month to learn a song and you finally get it just right and then someone comes down and sits next to you and plays the song perfectly the first time - and you seethe.
Pinsky is seething.
it's funny that you use a piano analogy. I relate to this instantly, not because I play, but becuase my Mother and her sister do. My mom studied endlessly,learning to read music and she plays beautifuly. My Aunt, doesn't read a note, and plays flawlessly. This has been a point of contention between the 2 of them for years. they both continue to seeth, and we don't
even have a piano.Inever understood it.
To me they are both piano players, they both have wonderful talents. 2 regular women in the regular world. Neither 1has 'title' or would even have the gumption to play in front of a group of people.
I've read alot of poetry, I started out on William Penn Warren. I do not like Warren, and I haven't read him in many years, but if I was in a position to promote/or denounce him, I would first take the time to honestly reread him and use my skills and knowledge to form an INFORMED opinion, I would not just kick him to the curb.. Informed opinion
should be expected from those who claim to be experts. Difference in taste is beside the point. The poet Laureate should have his/her finger on the poetic pulse, even if it's dead or dieing...they should be able to UNDERSTAND the importance of poets that they may not like or agree with, they should be able to make an effort towards understanding, even if in the end they say,
" I don't understand this man.I don't like his style.His FORM is,well, non-exsistant as far as I'm concerned. I don't like
what he does,but the people do. Go ahead and find out for yourself"
I do not believe dismissing Bukowski's writing as foder for 15 year olds is honest at all. CRB:)