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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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POETRY REVIEWS ARE NOT HELPING POETRY, PART I: "(They sound like the sort of Yeats poem Berryman would have written to impress R. P. Blackmur.) "Sorry NYT, could you explain what sound would that be?

And then there's "By winnowing the formal and rhetorical possibilities down so far, Merwin was asking his poems to be vehicles for wisdom or nothing at all. To be sure, you felt as though if you coughed in their presence, a trapdoor would open under your feet and plunge you into the dungeon. But how many works of art compel such total solemnity?"