As one of the few poets on the ol' Earth Goat I feel that I should have entered into this conversation before. But, of course, a combo of being busy and being lazy has stopped me from doing so.
Although I read Marcus's ¨The Age of Wire and String¨some time ago I would like to chime in on the positive side. I found the book to be interesting not only from the language side of things, but also from the experimental side of things. It would be refreshing to have a director whose work seems to span both the prose and poetic sensibilities. For my years at Iowa I always felt as if the workshop didn't quite care about 50% of its students. One example of this came when our former director mentioned every book published on the prose side of things off the top of his head but couldn't name one book that had been published by a poet over the course of the last five years. I feel that someone like Marcus could change this.
The work of his that I read lends itself to a stimulating conversation between prose and poetry. This is the type of literary experimentation and fervor that the workshop could use. Poets working with fiction writers on more than the basketball courts or pitchers of beer would be a boon for the Workshop and for the work itself. I know that the poets looked towards the visual artists for collaberative partners. I think it would be better if the poets and fiction writers could have looked to each other more. I hope that Marcus could lead to that sort of community. We have much to share with each other.