Whole lot of quietude here at HG Poetics. Shifting gears, I guess.
In my 40-yr weird trip making poems, I seem to have bumped against a few solid corners :
1. Poets are born not made. You either have it or you don't. Nevertheless, it takes effort.
2. I want to write for readers and the public, not for other poets. I don't like coteries. It's not a group project. Poems are not composed by committee. (Truth and beauty are elusive, unusual.) Nevertheless, in my writing, I get into conversations with distant or deceased poets. (I suppose this could happen with contemporary, living poets, too... but it hasn't yet, as far as I know. On 2nd thought, I guess I was in conversation with the NY School poets back in the late 60s & early 70s. It was a one-way conversation - ie., imitation.)
3. The literary world is a consequence of the fact that poetry exists, not the other way around. In other words, the labors of lit-biz do not produce poetry; they are a commentary on it.
4. My own motives and ambitions in making poetry are quite mysterious, obscure - especially to me.