Friday, January 16, 2009
On more experimentalism and less hegemony
Milton and Hopkins were more experimental than all y'all put together! And Milton was more radical and anti-hegemonic than you are. And Hopkins had a keener social conscience than you or I do, working as he did in the slums of Edinburgh and among the poor of Ireland to the ruin of his own health. And Blake was a better blogger than anybody. These roads do not lead to "quietude," though neglect of them leads to crappy poetry. And so - how heartening to read Ron Silliman's terrific advice-for-poets.