The inimitable James Stotts on Paul Killebrew’s Flowers: “Ashbery is the model for an overwhelming amount of our bad poetry, when it pretends to be avant-garde. These imitators equate his tone — non-committal, over-allusive, abstract-mundane — with his message, which is a variation on inner complication.” I object! James means “conflate” rather than “equate.” Footnotes to follow in some subsequent post….
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.