Bad Poetry Is Like A Flea

How? It makes me itch.

Ron Charles reviews the next Harper’s Magazine, which asks why all modern poetry is bad. Several poets are named. “Anne Carson may be Canadian, but that’s no defense; her verse ‘is so obscure, mannered, and private that one (this one, at least) cannot follow its windings.'” I wasn’t aware that being Canadian was a defense for anything, but perhaps in some literary or academic circles, someone from Canada is perceived as standing on a higher plane.

I believe Charles concludes that these complaints are not new, that contemporary poets are often criticized for pioneering obtuseness, and that some modern poets, who were not named in the Harper’s article, are quite good. S’up wit dat, as the poet might say.

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