Although I am too high-hat to call them poets, I think that they should be counted in the crowd, because of the new of the poetic endeavor. His familiarity surprised me but I answered that I liked his work as poetry more than as poems, and... When English departments disappeared into theory, only creative writing classes included literature.
Now the same colleges grant MFAs, a postgraduate degree in writing that teaches by workshop. A vulgar writers’ magazine listed in order the best one hundred MFA programs, and followed it with a list of the second-best one hundred MFA programs.
The poetry crowd’s rush toward creation is reaction to the technology that usurps the public air. Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for his "The Happy Man"; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for "The One Day"; the Lily Prize for Poetry in 1994; and two Guggenheim Fellowships.
A poet dedicates herself or himself to a universe of feeling not facts, to the pursuit of beauty not information. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
MFAs have become a college cash cow, and a cash cow for the graduated MFAs who run the workshops in further MFA programs.
For many students these programs are a literary summer camp.
Do graduates of MFA programs read as far back as John Ashbery?
Once I read a contemporary poet remarking that when he went to college one professor was a Pound man.
I hadn’t been an English major in college, nor had I read much American poetry. But I also often doubted myself, and felt like I was looking in the wrong place, or missing what was really important.
So I felt simultaneously thrilled, destabilized, and confused. At that time, I had the vague impression that poets used poetic language and techniques to express important thoughts or ideas in a more beautiful, complex, or compressed way than prose.