Foetry.com has closed (as of 5/18/2007). The discussion forum is still available as an archive, but it is no longer possible to post.
We would like to thank all of our members who helped Foetry.com pursueits mission by providing information, research, intelligent discussion and debate, by writing letters, raising consciousness, and by lifting up the voice of ethics and outrage the PoBiz has disenfranchised.
Special thanks to Jennifer, Nomi, and Monday Love for help maintaining the forum and other essential technical assistance.
We believe we have made an impact on the PoBiz and helped bring some much needed attention to the fraud, favor-trading, and corruption that have led to the marginalization and commodification of American poetry and the homogenization of its poets.
Foetry.com has done all it can do in its present form. It has chiseled a small crack in the façade of the academic poetry industry, and allowed people to peer in on the poet-making machinery. What we saw was almost universally dissatisfying. But we were not all of one mind regarding what to do about this dissatisfaction. We, as poets, had never dealt with issues of ethics, activism, and philosophy before . . . not within our own little space of ambitions and inspirations and pecking orders. Not within our own tribe.
It’s always hard to see clearly how one’s own tribe functions. We are still trying to understand the relationships among personal ambition, tribal order, and money-flow (in the PoBiz). Foetry.com has helped us realize that these relationships and their long-term impacts cannot be left in the shadow of our ignorance. Not if the art (as opposed to merely the product) of poetry is to survive.
But the subtler understanding of these relationships and their impact on the social order of poets as well as on the artistic quality and self-definition of American poetry is still slowly evolving. Our tribe (American poets and PoBiz consumers), has not decided if or how to come out of its cave yet. But that small puncture in the wall made by Foetry.com and the many others who have raised their voices against the current system of poetry production (the PoBiz) is letting a little light in.
We hope this light will be an aid . . . that it will indicate a way out, a way through, a way to change. When we are ready.
Until that time comes, find a way to keep fighting the good fight. Don’t give up. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you. Believe in the value of your voice, in your outrage, in your desire for change. In your ability to make things happen.
Our Gratitude, Love, and Support,
Matt Koeske, Foetry.com Management
Alan Cordle, Foetry.com Founder