Who today doesn't wish to anthologized, to be chosen? In the long run, Graves and Riding remark, it's almost impossible to hold out against anthologies. I can picture poets writing poems for them, working out how to explain their work in the back of such books. Some of these collections are really reductive: "Twenty-first century" poetry anthologies of work written in only the first decade of the century, and including a handful of writers who are colleagues, are already ridiculously here. Yet nothing, Riding and Graves conclude, could be worse, for "the worst fate that contemporary poetry can have is to have any fate, however unarbitrary, with its contemporaries." If you did away with contemporary anthologies, all you'd have left is books of poems written for those meant to discover and read them. Imagine that: books upon books in piles to be read!
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Chickasaw County Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry
By Bobbie Gentry