I've enjoyed the little innovations in the magazine, especially the lively discussions between writers about other writers. Then comes April, National Poetry Month, and suddenly the magazine takes a shift towards the controversial and manipulative. Gioia vs. Kleinzahler, Familiar vs. Obscure, Grapes vs. Sour, spurring the sort of stupid and endless debate that I despise when it comes to art. Between Gioia's purplish praise and Kleinzahler's (did he actually review the book at all?) sour condemnation of Keillor's Good Poems, I don't really know what I'm supposed to do now. I feel as if I've been pulled out of bed at 1:00 AM for no good reason except to insist that I will not be manipulated by controversy so blatantly stirred up in the same pot.
Sewell, New Jersey