all of this is interesting, & as Kent says, probably needs its own scholar.
I have read Alan
Golding's _From Outlaw to Classic_, some time ago, & it seemed to make a
number of interesting points about the ways in which that move takes place.
I also agree that LangPo's intellectual, theoretical base makes it very
interesting in some parts of the academy. And in the academy where I teach,
some students pick up on that while others continue to seek their own
voice, etc. That's the good part: that each one does try to get somewhere
on his or her own.
On the other hand, I don't understand why you'd call WCW 'tame'; or maybe
that's not an evaluative term? He remains a great poet, & one whom any
writer starting out could learn from (still). I don't care about 'tame' or
'wild' so much as I care about 'good' (admittedly personal taste, most
I suspect you're right, though, & good thing too, when you say: 'though there
is a real distinction between the Brown University MFA McPoem and the
Cornell MFA McPoem or the SUNY Buff McPoem or and the Iowa MFA McPoem.'
And perhaps every so often one of the poems that emerge from those programs
even transcends that McPoem category...?
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