Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book review of the month, already

Via  Bill Manhire,  Michael Robbins reviews Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, ed. by Paul Hoover, for Poetry Foundation. Key phrase:
the whole boatload of vacuous bullshit
Oh, you want more? How about:
This new realism is the old realism by now, institutionalized to such an extent that talk of its oppositional value is wishful thinking. Or, more precisely, it is ideology.
the soi-disant avant-garde has no monopoly on falsely describing a narrow-minded past
Anthologies necessarily break down as they approach the present, since it is impossible to judge the worth and durability of contemporary production.
Well, yes. As noted here previously.

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