Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Three Types of Criticism

... either sheer gush (out of ignorance or guilt) or a transparent attempt to weaken competitors... capitalistic dog-eat-dog competitiveness and corporative "don't knock the company" team spirit...

There is a third possibility: those who are interested in the same type of poetry attack each other sharply, and still have respect and affection for each other. I don't see why this approach should be impossible for Americans.

-- Robert Bly, ca. 1967

1 comment:

Jordan said...

Despair. His second and third categories ought to be the same, but the distinction between those who criticize to promote themselves and those who criticize to defend the art is real real real. And everybody without fail is on the side of the angels. What a world.