Shall I try? Probably 20,000 poems a day are posted or published. Most
are skillful and nothing more. Most take no risks whatsoever. Most want
to be liked. Most are crashingly boring. This is one of those.
The problem is, this sort of waste makes it harder to fight through to
find the good stuff, the stuff that's cost the poet something to write
and that will cost the reader something to read.
At 05:46 PM 2/16/2010, you wrote:
>It's adequate. Could I be
Announcing The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry
(University of California Press).
I dunno, Mark. Could you be?
"Not since the 1982 publication of Paul Auster's Random House
Book of Twentieth Century French Poetry has a bilingual anthology so
effectively broadened the sense of poetic terrain outside the United
States and also created a superb collection of foreign poems in English.
There is nothing else like it." John Palattella in