Several times in the past week, I've seen references to "poets in their 20s and 30s." One was in a comment on Jeannine's blog, and two were in Poets and Writers (and I'm not even very far into the issue yet).
The context is that poets in their 20s and 30s are taking poetry in glorious new places. I can argue neither for nor against that, but it sure sounds like a good thing. However, the implication (or my insecurity?) is that the rest of us are all timid and stodgy.
For the record, I think I've been timid and stodgy all along, even in my 20s and 30s. I think it's a lot more about who I am than how old I am.
But I would hate to think that being older makes me washed up, done before I've even really started.
If anything, I may be getting a little more brave as I get older. And better. I have some great role models. Right away, Ruth Stone comes to mind.
My request: Can we embrace youth and our age, even our middle or more age?