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I do not read newspapers. I do not watch television. I am not interested in current events, although I will occasionally discuss them if other people want to discuss them.
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry.
I am not political as a person.
High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.
From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.
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