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Explanation: Def: a person with the power or influence to make judgements and decide what will be done or accepted;
"These guys are the most powerful arbiters of taste in the world. They kill movies right and left if they smell controversy. That's real censorship."
"If I am understanding you correctly, you are suggesting that problems of "anti-democratic" approaches to poetry occur largely in terms of what poetry is made available to the general public--thus, the problem lies not necessarily with the poets, but with the "arbiters of taste," most generally associated with professors, critics, and editors."