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Thank you, Gene, for your kindness.

I, too, think the birth tales of the poems are unseemly. A silly invitation that encourages nonsense and worse.

Best,
Marcia

Eugene Schlanger wrote:
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No problem Marcia.  Animated opinions about literary articles are always welcome in this new age of selfies.  I have had a long workweek and now have had time to read your comment in context.  What I attempted to say is that the annotated entries for individual poets in Best American Poetry are often longer than the associated poems.  These entries contain not only biographical details but "comments" too about the social significance and cultural importance of each chosen poem.  I have two other assignments and will endeavor to make this clearer in the future should this observation recur.  I do appreciate your time and attention and hope that you have a lovely evening wherever you are, perhaps with Ben Jonson.  (I had the pleasure of introducing someone to one of his lyric poems this week too.)
 
And Ken, many thanks for sending me back to Mauberly.  I will endeavor to to work that poem in part into a future article too as I think my financial (non-literary) readers have a very narrow view of what Pound set out to do. 
 
Best,
 
Gene
 
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I'm sorry, Gene and all, for my unkind vigor in responding to this thread.

Best,
Marcia
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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.

Marcia

Ken Armstrong wrote:
  Interesting take, Gene. I especially like this paragraph:

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 connectivity.

  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, especially:

        The "age demanded" chiefly a mould in plaster,
        Made with no loss of time,
        A prose kinema, not,  not assuredly, alabaster
        Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.

  A shift in identifying accountability, there, but the net result would be the same, I think.

 Ken A


On 9/2/2014 8:25 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
Colleagues:

Published Sunday.  If of interest.  The discussion here of MA after her death contributed to my thoughts.

Thank you.






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