No More Blurbs

 

by David Trinidad

 

 

No more blurbs

 

No more letters of recommendation

 

No more MFA programs

 

No more low-residency degrees

 

No more chapbook competitions

 

No more first book prizes

 

No more Whiting Awards

 

No more Pushcart nominations

 

No more NEA grants

 

No more Guggenheim fellowships

 

No more MacArthur geniuses

 

No more Pulitzer winners

 

No more National Book Awards

 

No more NBCC finalists

 

No more Academy of American Poets

 

No more Poetry Society of America

 

No more Best American Poetry

 

No more poet-moms

 

No more prima donnas

 

No more self-promotion

 

No more judged by Mark Doty

 

No more selected by Louise Glück

 

No more chosen by John Ashbery

 

No “More of this sitting around like beasts!”

 

No more “There’s only room for one at the top of the steeple.”