I'm sort of annoyed that some very basic things about poetic forms were not conveyed to me in the various poetry courses I took over the years.

— Juliana Spahr

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Genre/forms are institutional questions mainly.

Like matter to MFA programs in terms of which workshop you can teach.


I was told over and over the poetry in forms was "conservative" but there was no analysis of why this was so.


I remember reading Paul Fussell my first year teaching at U of Hawai'i and being like, oh, it has a turn! Why didn't anyone tell me?