Yeah, Trevor, that's one good thought.
I found Simic's comments insulting as Stephen says, as it suggests he
just isnt reading much beyond the too well trodden paths. One doesnt
even have to read the pure Language poets to know there is a lot of
writing in the US (& in Canada) that breaks beyond the lines he seems
to have (found) drawn there. I wont start naming names here; Ive done
so a number of times, & some are on this list. And, as that Tuma
anthology shows, there has throughout in Britain & Ireland been a line
of poetry that wasnt stuck inside the poetic associated with Larkin
On the other hand, Tuma himself in his fine critical volume Sailing by
Obstinate Isles, pointed out that there was little real understanding
of BritPo in general in the US, & that there hadnt been a good new
anthology for some time; which was why he did that OUP one, & also why
Other came along too...
On 31-Dec-04, at 1:52 PM, Trevor Joyce wrote:
> David: Maybe try "Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish
> Poetry", OUP (US), Ed. Keith Tuma.
> On 31 Dec 2004, at 17:55, David Latane wrote:
>> I just received my copy of New British Poetry, ed. by
>> Simic and Paterson (Graywolf 2004) which fills a big
>> gap -- there had been no anthology readily available
>> of current UK poetry in print in the USA.
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