Month: January 2020

Reasons for Poetry

William Meredith, from Reasons for Poetry & Reasons for Criticism. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982. The Mexican poet José Emilio Pacheco, in a poem called “Dissertation on Poetic Propriety,” asks for “a new definition. . . a name, some term or other. . . to avoid the astonishment and rages of those who say, so …

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Making A Start

We will explore formal developments in modern American poetry, in exemplary and representative poems, as well as pursue the critical and theoretical questions these developments raise—with a special focus on writing by working poets as they attempt to define, delineate and develop a poetics.