Poetic Pretentiousness | A Rebecca Watts response

I've met many victim poets who have expressed this sentiment over my time as a 'novice, wannabe performing poet' and it's honestly the attitude which deterred me from continuing my venture in the poetry scene. These poets all have this same dutiful belief that they are wounded on behalf of poetry's sake by these philistines who don't have the soul, intellect or artful comprehension to even have the word 'poetry' spat in their direction.

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Did Bookselling Destroy My Love of Books?

I came from a literary world where readers were reading for the sake of literary, academic pursuits. Where there was no ego, there was no self; it was all undergone entirely for the book's sake, the author's sake. Literature's sake. Now I was in the real world, full of competitive egos and superficiality, a parasitical mentality which was plaguing my beloved literature and I, nauseated, revulsed.

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