Wrong Backlash

I wrote some briefly critical remarks about a New York Daily News profile of five woman poets.

Well, I was not the only to notice that some of pictures were a little sexy. Nothing wrong with that, but my feeling was that it did not respect their poetry. Not that it disrespect Poetry, capital ‘P.’ The poets themselves took advantage of an opportunity to get some publicity for their work, which was entirely appropriate. I was just disappointed because I felt the sexualization of some (only some) of the poets showed a lack of faith on the part of the publication in the poetry itself.

Ugh. Now I feel rather bad, that I was part of a piling on, as it were. And I have little doubt that many of the criticisms directed at the piece was little more than thinly veiled sexism directed at the poets themselves. I just hope that’s not what I did.

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