Weekend Reading – Young ‘Uns

We are being surpassed by a younger generation (in reading; what I’m saying is, people under thirty read more than you do, unless you’re under thirty, in which case… good job!)

Reading in wartime.

An essay by the poet Matthew Zapruder (no relation the JFK assassination film) on political poetry, but which opens up with discussion of a poem by W.S. Merwin from The Lice. If you have read much of this blog, you will probably know that I have decidedly mixed feelings about Merwin, but I do not have mixed feelings about The Lice. My mixed feelings stem from the belief that he wrote two great collections – one being The Lice and the other being Carrier of Ladders – and that the rest of his career has been a case of writing poems that always pale before those early collections.

Why do we like first editions?

It’s always nice when the venerable gray lady publishes reviews of poetry.

 

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