Likewise, the Black Mountain poets got a boost from meeting and trading ideas, both at the school and then in continuing relationships afterwards. The great experiments in poetry and leaps into new forms were certainly boosted by this group being a community. To read the correspondence of this group is sometimes to learn how to write. Charles Olson's Projective Verse would become a bit of a manifesto for this group and others.
Today some of us have different communities. Sometimes manuscripts are traded, suggestions made, certainly encouragement is offered. Around the internet today, writers have found each other and continue to help each other. Without such a community such as I found a couple years ago, I would not have proceeded as far as I have, which is to date but one small book. It was the encouragement and examples of others that helped me, however, to this small achievement, which, as any procrastinating and independent author would know, is the largest achievement we c