In Case You Missed It: Why Is Contemporary American Poetry So Good?

I rolled my eyes when I read the title of Seth Abramson’s article at the Huffington Post–I’m used to and beyond tired of reading weak defenses of contemporary poetry–but he makes several good points in his response to the recent “Why Is Modern Poetry So Bad?” article in the Washington Post.  My favorite:  “Because most of the criticisms of poetry published in popular magazines involve consideration of only those poets presently winning prizes and receiving government-issued laurels and receiving tenure-track faculty positions, when even the most cursory review of literary history reveals that the most dynamic poetry is always being written by those our society in general and popular magazines in particular don’t take seriously and therefore don’t see and therefore disregard.”  Spot on.  Amen.  Read the entire post here.

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