This post by poet Cam Scott is a must read. As in, go read it now. Right now: Cheek Teeth: Beats, Bards, and Barbarians: It’s a Group Thing
You haven’t clicked over yet? Here’s an except:
“It is strange to think that something as personally generative and craft-oriented as writing, might require that the writer belong to a group or movement. … But over and over, of all the strange demands I’ve intuited as a writer and poet, the pull to group up, group out, and find community is the strangest.”
Now go read.