The Problem of Multitude

crowdsThis is a recently published article about the problem of multitude in American poetry today.

I found it interesting.

The Problem of Multitude in American Poetry

The original link to the article on the subject that I particularly liked seems to have gone, but it was the original one that got me thinking, back in 2011.

The Problem of Multitude – it was to something called which has disappeared. There is a Samizdat on Facebook. Perhaps the original article is in its archives.

I recall that it mentioned that in 2010, there had been three anthologies of the Best American Poetry published, none of which included the same poets! That was a decade ago (this post was first published in 2011 – so two decades ago now!). All that is said in either link applied and does apply to UK poetry.

It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about for some time.  I want to write an article about it myself.  So in the future, I may post my response as a comment here.

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3 Responses to The Problem of Multitude

  1. 24/7 Relentless Careerism: How you can become the most important poet in America overnight
    The link above is
    Jim Behrle ranting about fame for poets at
    The Poetry Foundation

    [Editor’s note: This talk was originally delivered in slightly different form at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project on January 25, 2010.]


  2. The problem of Multitude is matched by the problem of scarcity. On Facebook, I added the name of one of my favourite authors, Daphne Rooke. Only three other people liked her!


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