a traditional, imagistic, free-verse, epiphanic poem

That title is from the comments section of Jim Behrle's blog post on a Tony Hoagland poem titled "The Change" which is causing a stir around the internet lately as a result of a panel poet Claudia Rankine did at AWP on the poem. The commenter describes the form of the Hoagland poem as "a traditional, imagistic, free-verse, epiphanic poem" which is a good way to describe a lot of the poetry that gets published in those nasty giant publications that don't publish women (or people of color, or poorer class, or etc etc).

All of the posts and comments are worth reading if you're interested in the issues of content and function in poetry, whether from a purely poetic perspective, but more importantly from a social aspect.

List of Links I've Found So Far:

The Change by Tony Hoagland

Claudia Rankine's AWP talk can be find by clicking on "AWP" at http://www.claudiarankine.com/. At that click, you will find her talk, Hoagland's response and her reply.

(If you want to read some of her poems, you can find some--very good, I might add--at poets.org results for "Claudia Rankine".)

Jim Behrle has been covers this in various ways on his americanpoetry.biz by writing to the publisher of the poem and but it all starts with this post: http://www.americanpoetry.biz/2011/02/this-poem-is-for-white-people.html

Sara Jaffe's post at her blog "All Hook, No Chorus"

The post about this subject on Harriet

RACIST! at Scarriet

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