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April 22, 2018

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I cannot perceive what you or Koch or O'Hara or anyone else can appreciate in this poem. It seems to me to exemplify what people hate in modern poetry: no music, no meaning; no beauty; no intelligence. Is it some kind of inside joke among NY School poets? You owe it to your readers to take them through a line by line understanding of its worth. (I also saw nothing o merit in the Oxford anthology inclusions.)

This is what is known as bad poetry, which as agents we get every week from would-be poets. Does a random assemblage of words make that aesthetic? Bad enough at the opposite end we get those who can write decent prose in small quantities. And so many are would-be stand-up comedians posing as poets.
I might add here that the new poetry editor of the NYer seems so far to have exercised poor taste if he is responsible for the past 2 or 3 weeks. You can't even call what he has published poetry.

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