To add to your well-founded
scepticism, Ken, here's my well-founded
correction of Gene's numbers: his
poem-pages/bio-pages is made up -- that is, it
isn't true. That anyone can check the page
counts makes me wonder why, Gene, you wouldn't
find a better way to make a point (what was
your point?). Once you so clearly skew the
facts to make an unfounded generalization,
there is no reason to keep reading. Better
just to stick to your opinions, which I assume
are honestly what you think. And skip the bios
if you don't like them.
take, Gene. I especially like this
The annual Best American Poetry
compilation (whose poems are often
equivalent to the random observations that
one overhears on the subway) expends more
pages upon biographical details than the
actual poetry: so the reader will know who
the poet is, where from, what personal
event makes his or her poem worth reading.
Cultural significance has replaced
literary skill. We have become a nation of
poets who grope for meaning through social
I'm wondering, though, whether the state
of the state of poetry, as it were, or any
other art, was ever in any better straits.
Reading your thoughts put me in mind of
Ezra Pound's Mauberly
The "age demanded" chiefly a mould in
Made with no loss of time,
A prose kinema, not, not
Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.
A shift in identifying
accountability, there, but the net
result would be the same, I think.
On 9/2/2014 8:25 PM, [log in to unmask]
Published Sunday. If of
interest. The discussion here of MA
after her death contributed to my
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