In his 2007 book, How to Write a Poem (the book is much better than the title might suggest), John Redmond writes (p.17):
Many poems fall back on a simple lyric formula: an ‘I-persona’ describing its state of mind and feeling as though chatting with the reader across a coffee-table. Such poems might carry the invisible preface I am a poet and this is how I feel right now… There is nothing inherently wrong with writing a poem in the form of a personal statement, because there is nothing inherently wrong with writing a poem in any form. The popularity of the default mode, however, should not blind us to other possibilities.
I was thinking on whether many literary magazines tend to encourage the “default mode” by publishing such poems at the expense of those which take more risks. Of course, emerging writers are urged to read magazines before submitting poems, so that they send editors poems suitable for the publication. Are magazines therefore liable to perpetuate the publication of default-mode poetry?
However, what do you want? Do you prefer the ‘default mode’ for its immediacy and direct emotional involvement, or would you prefer to read more adventurous poems?
And how about writing? Are you writing default poems? And, if so, is this really a problem?