Chris Lott at Cosmopoetica has been doing a great job reading his way through the latest Best American Poetry volume, edited by David Wagoner. I was so taken with his close reading of the Terrance Hayes‘s poem “A House is not a Home” that I dove into the comment stream with this observation:
I don’t know if Chris agrees with my stance on Theory, which I’ve perhaps overly documented on The Perpetual Bird (my term for it is the Poetic-Critical Complex, a distinguished from the more legitimate Poetics), but I do know he’s the kind of person most poets would love to have reading their work. I especially like that he is open enough to let re-readings change his opinion of a poem. After all, isn’t re-reading what poems are designed to inspire? In any case, his approach is one reason I placed Cosmopoetica on my dozen best blogs list!