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3 Responses to "Book News for Friday, September 21, 2007"
September 26, 2007 at 05:57 PM
Hiya Chris, thank you for your reply. Of course, I was mortified later that my few sips of vino let loose such vituperation for those poets who after all were just doing their best and ya know it can't be too easy to be a poet nowadays. It's only that in the past few weeks I'd read some poems in The New Yorker which I'd felt were a real insult to my intelligence. And then came your Hamill review the very next day, so I could say "hey, now _there's_ a poem!"And just to be clear, when I wrote that comment to that review, no other comments had shown up yet -- it was completely unprompted. (And yes, I had in the past noted the poems by Charles Simic and many congrats to him on being named Poet Laureate.)
September 23, 2007 at 02:30 PM
Hey, thanks for the kind words, Miss Gretchen. I really appreciate it. As for the New Yorker, I've found, over the years, that I like a lot of the stuff they publish. They've published Simic, and, I believe, Eamon Grennan, both of whom are favorites of mine. However, I see your point. I feel the way you feel about the fiction they publish. It often seems to be so squeaky clean that it's like teflon--nothing human or humane or real for us in the trenches of this life is there to hold onto. Just a clever story well told and then on you go. Anyway, I'm with you on this one, sister.
September 21, 2007 at 03:49 PM
OK I feel like I'm amongst friends here so I'll just bluntly ask: are the poems they print in The New Yorker really kind of um, crap? I'm not so great with poetry and while I can appreciate Mr. TS Eliot I rather stopped with Mr. Blake and Mr. Gerard Manley Hopkins. And I'm beginning to understand Mr. Wallace Stevens. I'm no intellectual, but I want to learn, and unless it's a poem translated from the Polish or something, the poetry in the magazine (I admire the overall magazine a lot,) it just doesn't. . .I mean I think I don't see many nominees for the National Book Award for Poetry in there, right? (Besides the great Louise GlÃ¼ck.) If someone answered me, like the so helpful Chris Faatz, I would be forever grateful (however I understand that it is difficult to go against the powerful New Yorker in print.) (I only have the courage to say this as it's "liquid courage" due to Friday night cocktail hour.)
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