In thinking about why I write (poetry or whatever) I've often thought about the relationship between the substanceless emphasis of the new in the wider captitalist marketplace and the emphasis on the new (via Pound)in innovative poetics.
It seems there is a danger in equating (or conflating) the two.
On a personal level I think I write because I want the experience. Much like I listen to music for the experience. Yet, unlike innovative popular music, poetry has a long history of puffing up the writer (often to exclusion of ethics). This puffing up in the name of the advancement of art strikes me as needing to go out the window. An idea (or an excuse) that has stuck around too long.
Now, I am not saying art should be judged on the ethics (insert your ethical code of choice) of the…