a real shame that there was such low attendance for Prageeta Sharma & Douglas Kearney last night. it was a really great reading. lots of good energy & thoughts provoked. where were you all?
i am sad to report that this is what i heard from a brand new Poet at San Francisco State University last night:
that he wanted to work more with multimedia poetry & didn't feel like the environment at State would be very receptive to this work. that SFSU is more "mainstream poetry" and all the experimental folks are few & far between.
seeing as how i just graduated last May from SFSU i find this to be not only BAFFLING but absolutely TRAGIC. i tried to explain that we USED to be very receptive to such work... that most of my peers from SFSU have at least dabbled in multimedia work... & then he was surprised.
the end of an era?
what are all the left-over "experimental" writers at state doing? is Bob Gluck teaching 8 classes a semester now? do they all need to transfer to Bard in order to meet & have a community? are Stacy & Chet ever coming back?
is this even true or just one person's experience?
was this a purposeful move on the part of the CW Dept????
whatever the case... it is truly heartbreaking & infuriating to hear.
my grandmother died & now i am going back to MN next week.
i really did fall off my bike going Green & am pretty well bruised. [Green bruises, though.]