Walt Whitman Spins in His Grave

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  1. Katrin Horowitz
    Katrin Horowitz November 17, 2014 at 3:54 am .

    I like Black Steel. I like that as readers we have to engage with it — creating our own images and allusions — to make any sense of it. Structurally it made me think of Emily Dickenson — all those dashes — which then brought me to THIS, here transformed into (thing) and turned into blank signifiers. Then the title — how many ways can we scan Black Steel? With the help of all those dashes I

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett July 30, 2014 at 12:56 am .

    Once years ago at an open mike reading I did kind of an experiment — picked around two dozen words out of a Russian-English dictionary, and read the list of Russian words, two or three at a time along with English translations of the words. I paced the reading, didn&#39;t hurry through it, and paused three or four times to suggest a &quot;stanza.&quot;<br /><br />When I finished, people clapped.

  3. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm .

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  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm .

    I&#39;m not against bad poetry. Every age has it. It&#39;s the mud the good stuff springs from and rises above. We all—hell, even Rimbaud!—start out writing it. What irks me is the seal of approval that can do nothing but convince the public (whatever public there is) that poetry is simply not worth reading. Ashbery may have served the interests of his clique but he has done a disservice to

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 14, 2014 at 11:55 am .

    his Education did this to him (Hosea)… found three more of his &quot;poems&quot; :<br />http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems/46740<br /><br />this kind of dreck should not be allowed out in public…I mean… you gonna &quot;teach&quot; this stuff to undergrads in MFA pograms ? As for Hosea&#39;s &quot;erotics&quot;… jeesh. <br /><br /><br />

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 14, 2014 at 5:14 am .

    Duchamp at least had the good sense to give up art for chess at age 36 (around 1923), when his few artistic ideas had clearly become exhausted. Ashbery at 36 (about 1963) was just beginning hit the early stride that is still exhilarating: moving from the collagist dabblings of <i>The Tennis Court Oath</i> to the truly astounding poetry of <i>Rivers and Mountains</i>, <i>The Double Dream of Spring

  7. vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras)
    vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) July 14, 2014 at 4:14 am .

    Well, we know what Hosea received from Ashbery but what did John receive from the Academy of American Poets? I&#39;d like to think that whatever legal tender the venerable old mutt took away for his toils, it was accompanied by a replica of Duchamp&#39;s &quot;Fountain&quot;.

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