The MFA as a gated community. As post-MFA I can see this. However, the "avant guarde" feels like a gated community as well.
When will we get a new noun?
I teach full time as a lecturer and I feel more and more drawn to work outside the academy. I get bored with the intro to lit classes and I don't want to teach in the typical workshop MFA world. I do feel grateful to have a job doing something I actually enjoy. Teaching four classes a semester and earning more than I've ever earned after eight years of university (a little over $20,000/year and benefits). But I've seen a lot of "edgy" poets compromise in order to appear legit get tenure appear professional etc. As a whole, strange sounding journals don't sound as professional as a journal with a university attached to it. The so and so review. I realize there are some exceptions to this, but they are few and far between.
I don't w…