We Spoken Here: Poetry Community and Work Redux

We Spoken Here: Poetry Community and Work Redux

Community, as I write about a lot, is a tricky animal, with all the hurt feelings and ego clashing and emotional damage. I have to return to the things that make the most sense, which is concrete work — production, product, performance, publication. What do we have to show for all of our intentions and planning. Not how well we spin our own hype or collect followers or gang up on one another and shit talk. In the most cliche terms, I’m hella tired of the coulda woulda shouldas in my world, and the people who express entitlements for our efforts, people who think it’s OK to siphon us dry and never give back. Always say they mean to, and never do. That’s not community.

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