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Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry

DuvallBill, August 4, 2012

I read a review of Nabokov's poetry by this author and, despite knowing almost nothing about modern poetry (and caring only a teeny bit more than that), loved the writing so much I went out and bought this book. It has more than met expectations -- the writing is clear, his arguments are interesting, and his love of poetry is infectious. It doesn't hurt that he's one of the wittiest writers I've read in a while.

Here's a teaser from the Introduction: "A smart, educated person who likes Charlie Kaufman's movies and tolerates Thomas Pynchon's novels, who works in a job that involves phrases like 'amortized debentures' or 'easement by estoppel' or 'nomological necessity' -- that person is often not so much annoyed by poetry as confounded by it. Such a reader doesn't look at a contemporary poem and confidently declare, "I don't like this"; he thinks, "I have no idea what this is ... maybe I don't like it?"

So, check out the Introduction -- you'll be as hooked as I was. And then check out his website and blog. They're equally fun to read.
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