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April 20, 2020

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As someone who had material, if I remember correctly, in the Chicago Review special issue on A.R. Ammons (before which almost no one ever spoke--in current venues--of A.R. Ammons, much less of his wild tape poems!), may I say that this book by Lehman is quite lesser (yes, I have seen it) compared to his most important book of poetry (and it is quite something), In the Manner Of (2017). It is a much more significant book in regards "translation" theory and possibility than Robert Lowell's Imitations, actually, and I say that carefully. So, In the Manner Of would really have been a much better choice than the not overly impressive book of poems Di Stefano notes. For what it's worth.

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