Monday, July 09, 2012

The State of the Art of American Poetry: Now Online!

The VQR has posted my essay from their special issue on American Poetry, "The State of the Art," at their website.  I do hope you'll check it out.  


  1. Hog-reeve for the town of Great Barrington!

    That makes me feel better about my attempts at financial survival.

    And I like the century "skips" in the piece--really makes it more readable. Gaps in time are always enlightening....

  2. Glad you liked it! And I agree about gaps in time. Historical perspective is one of the best ways of understanding our own moment, I think.

  3. That was one of the best histories of poetry in English I've ever read. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if you'd written about each era in period prose.


    1. Ha! Good idea! I'm not sure my editors would have considered this a bold move so much as they'd have seen it as a bit of professorial derangement, though...