Globe Throws Poetry a Bone
I was surprised (and pleased) to see poetry given space in the Globe and Mail’s Tuesday Essay column (I guess there’s more space on Tuesdays than Saturdays). It took the form of this essay from poet and blogger Shane Neilson about the tendency of editors to include their own work in anthologies. The examples he used were poetic anthologies, but is likely similar across projects.
I know many of the people quoted or referenced in the essay, so I’ll try to stay on the periphery of this one. I’ll just say these two things, because they’re more fact than opinion, and relatively separate from any personal biases.
1. The editorial insert in the A-frame anthology was an afterword. Afterwords are generally written by editors.
2. In an essay on the self-pleasuring nature of editors who include themselves in their own anthologies, Neilson gives his argument a big negating kick when he includes himself on the list of selfless editors who did not give in to this impulse. It’s a bit like grabbing a bullhorn to tell the neighbours to keep their voices down.
To Neilson, everyone’s character flaws are obvious and glaring, except his own. This is why they never let us write the essays. Yawn.