Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Schools of Contemporary American Poetry

According to the best authorities, the full sweep of contemporary American poetry falls broadly into just two basic categories.

(1)  The first is favored by those who lift a pinky while sipping weak tea.  They applaud with their fingertips, and smile with little pursed lips.  We examine this school of poetry here:

(2)  The other is favored by the working-man, wiping his brow at the end of his day of toil.   He lifts a roll of ‘baccy to his lips, as  with narrowed eyes  he scans the horizon  for a Sign.   Applause from such a man is a silent nod of recognition and respect.
Such poetry is exemplified here:

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