Something has been bothering me for a while now— I’ll do the honor of withholding names, but I need to let this off my chest. I’M TIRED OF DEALING WITH POETS WHO THINK THEY’RE TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL! They’re out there and you have probably already met them. You know the ones, in the academic field, dictating what is and what isn’t poetry. Or how about the one at the poetry slams getting a lot of hype, acting genuine on stage and arrogant once they’re off?
A friend and I recently experienced this treatment, which pissed me off, because the circle has a lot of humbling people. Like, we don’t need bad apples in the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like everyone in the community and I don’t expect everyone to like me. But some of the snobbery I received was unwarranted, so I don’t know why they’re acting like that. There are a lot of pioneers that gave poetry a pretentious rep, we don’t need people egging this element on. Is being humble, so hard?
How do you guys handle these situations?