Thursday, May 14, 2009

Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry by Stephen Burt


Anyone familiar with Stephen Burt’s reviews in the Times Literary Supplement or the London Review of Books will know that he is one of the best poetry critics around. This excellent essay collection from Graywolf Press doesn’t disappoint and is highly recommended. There’s no index, sadly, but you can’t have everything. Anyone interested in getting to grips with modern poetry – especially American poetry – should get hold of a copy.
You can read the book's “sheepish introduction” here and Stephen Burt also has a blog.

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