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Silliman's post about audience today was very interesting. I've noticed the same thing.

A lot more people laughed when I read to a mix of poets and non-poets at a coffee shop than when I've read to a room full of MFA poets.

The funeral audience versus the party audience.

Education as the sometimes enemy of poetry.

Legit versus legitimacy.

Bugs Bunny as the hippest of the hip versus the poet priest presiding over a funeral.

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I began the first half of this article (Notre Dame Review #4) by mentioning some of the limits to the legendary hospitality Ireland has shown to its poets. If you arrive in Ireland from any point of departure outside of Eastern Europe, you will indeed find a public far more willing than the one you left behind to grant poets the recognition all but the most ascetic secretly crave. However, this hospitality has never extended to Irish poets w…