Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laureates, Heretics, and More on Robert Duncan

There's a nice note about my book Laureates and Heretics up on the Boston University creative writing program blog. In other L & H news, thanks to a certain eagle-eyed editor of a well-respected literary journal, I now know about the first two of what I expect will be several errors in the book. The ones the esteemed editor found are on pages 32 and 221 — so, next time you're sitting around with your fellow literati, crack open a copy of L & H, flip to the appropriate pages, and see if you can spot the howling errors! Oh, the fun you'll have...

And in news from our non-L & H desk, Josh Corey has blogged about the second day of the recent Robert Duncan symposium in Chicago.


  1. Well, you know I'm mad for this sort of minutiae (and thanks for burning up worktime that could be devoted GA Cohen's Karl Marx's Theory of History) -- but isn't that chapter in Rosenthal actually entitled "Robert Lowell and Confessional Poetry"? And I can't find the quotation you cite as being on p. 45 on my p. 45.

    These things happen. Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge has a grammatical error in the acknowledgments and has LZ graduating from college two years late.

  2. Okay, so now two people have figured out where I went wrong on page 32. Keep those errata notices coming!

    (Also, add p. 45 to the list of offending pages).


  3. T. Christopher Bond, Ph.D, Ph.D1:52 PM

    And I don't at all like the look of page 111. Just don't care for it.

  4. Is it because page 211 has an anagram in it, mocking people with two doctorates?

  5. I found that myself on page 211, and couldn't quite figure out why you would have gone to such lengths to encode such a thing. But then I started looking and saw that there is an anagram or paragram on each page concerning the subject of doctorates and the sorry current state of the academic job market. It's amazing how when read in sequenec they all add up to a long poem, in rhymed couplets.

    How'd you do that? And (more importantly) Why?

  6. It was the only way to get my true views about the gold standard, the tri-lateral commission, area 59, and the DaVinci code past the censors.

    My next book of criticism will contain coded messages about the true meaning of the pyramid on the dollar bill, but anyone who understands them will incur the wrath of Cthulu, so it'll probably be best just to take a pass on the volume and read something by Christopher Ricks instead.

  7. You know, Bob, you joke about the matter, but consider:

    What's the big plinth, really, of Structuralism, and consequently all the other "post" offspring sprung from its loins (or maybe it was more like a series of C-Sections), the latter immediate descendants now wheezing and sadly demode, yes, but still showing their genes in the eyes and (already balding) hair of our third and fourth-generation "post-avant" poets?


    And you know what? The Ur-man was totally obsessed with anagrams hidden inside Latin Saturnalian poetry. It consumed him.

    And here we are. His ungrateful great grandkids, laughing away, as if we weren't ourselves scrambled and encoded into some bigger thing we can't even begin to imagine...