Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Poetry Matters

This whole thing about the "Issue 1" online anthology is just so crazy and stupid. I don't mean the anthology, but the silly reactions to it. What a great way to expose the endless ego of so many poets. Listen: I want to be perfectly clear about this; no matter how ordinary or unique your name is, you do not own that name, unless, I guess you have some sort of trademark or something. Six years ago I used to say to my friend, Darren Trautman, that I was going to name my son "Darren Trautman Davis" but that I wouldn't be at all referring to my friend, it would just be a cool name I'd come up with for my kid.