It is possible that my idea, my thesis - that all this fighting among poets is really unfortunate and embarrassing or, to put it more precisely, unnecessary - is wrong.
The fighting among poets may not, after all, be worse than fighting among critics or historians or physicists or psychologists or doctors or bartenders or congressmen or painters or police or activists.
And if fighting among poets is necessary or unavoidable or good, then I am wrong, and this essay is wrong.
Something is wrong. If it is me, so much the better.
Perhaps poetry and competition are permanently interrelated and poetry slams are a natural extension of poetry and not a model taken from another domain such as sports or war or capitalism or the academy or politics.
And perhaps competition among poets will ensure that only the best poets are heard.
Or perhaps competition among poets will ensure that only the most competitive poets are heard.