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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gonna go see my baby and my babies tomorrow night, so while I'm driving you should read Kay Ryan on nonsense, George Szirtes on thin ice, Jack Hitt on stories and the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Neil Shubin on the "great" transition, and Wilfred McClay on Arthur Kirsch's Auden and Christianity. Reading the last you should keep in mind this from Auden's The Dyer's Hand:

He [the poet] will know, for example, that knowledge of an artist's life, temperament and opinions is unimportant to an understanding of his art, but that a similar knowledge about a critic may be important to an understanding of his judgments. If we knew every detail of Shakespeare's life, our reading of his plays would be little changed, if at all; but how much less interesting The Lives of the Poets would be if we knew nothing else about Johnson.

Every time I read anything by Ryan or Szirtes, criticism or poetry, I'm more impressed.

Also, Julie Carter and Virge have commented on personal vs private poetry. You should too.


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My best and oldest friend (almost 45 years now!) says it's an sf short and not a poem, but Josh Klinger's done a pretty good job with the latter.


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