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May 04, 2009


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"Movements of literary prejudice": bull's eye.

i like what you say about WC Williams and more than thouness. postmodernism seems lately to me like a cul de sac of modernism and its goals.

lately I'm thinking also about Frost (of all people) and his relationship to "American Idiom." maybe it's his hybridity (to steal a term from your quiver)--the way American language and a deeply skeptical sensibility gets banged into the Romantic form that intrigues me about this writer. maybe it's the necessity of his inquiry i feel behind the poems. or am i getting eccentric in my middle age?

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"After You've Gone"
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