Against competent verse
Edmundson has fallen into the trap of paying attention only to poets whose work lends itself to competent imitation: Robert Hass, Charles Simic, Jorie Graham, Robert Pinsky, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, W. S. Merwin, and the like. If these folks are American poetry, you can have it.
I am convinced that I sound like an idiot in interviews, so I won’t encourage you to check out this (very long) interview at Newbooksinpoetry.com. Thanks to John Ebersole for listening to me ramble about cats, Heidegger, rock tees, & Miley.
some recent reviews
Poetry Magazine’s Editors Prize for Reviewing
Andy Warhol took a picture of Debbie Harry’s face, Wayne Koestenbaum wrote about Debbie Harry’s face, I wrote about Wayne Koestenbaum’s new collection. It’s a small world.