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You deserve it. In the interest of creating a response-generating monster, and as a tasty morsel for grad students, the graduate-bound, and the covetous alike, I give you the vital things I have learned from a year of graduate study in a top English program. I'm perfectly cheery, if you can't tell.
- Departments with cohesive identities do not include people from other departments in those identities.
- Everyone claims to drink more than he/she does.
- The worse a poem, story, novel, or play is, the more 'interesting' people will find it.
- If you can't fathom why, it will be a fad.
- Theory doesn't cut it as literature.
- Declaiming poetry is a joy forever.
- I am a fraud.
- A poem & a paper should kill each other.
- I am the only man of my generation who reads the poetry of my generation.
- Grad students somehow have more money than you think they do.
- There is a serious problem in the terminology if what both CPR and Representations do is called 'criticism.'
- The great new American poetry (and there is such a thing) should be called post-American.
- No matter what anyone says, the closest thing to poetry will always be music.
- Oh, bloodbelly comb jelly!
- Every so often, I think of W. B. Stanford's book, Enemies of Poetry.