Tuesday, March 13, 2012

News at Eleven: In the end, though, [Gail Carson] Levine's

book makes the case that [William Carlos Williams] Williams' poem wasn't just for cold-hearted bastards. It was for everyone. Reading through the book, you can't help but feel that adult literature--and, indeed, our culture as a whole--has lost something through academic poetry's segregation. One William Carlos Williams poem inspired this entire delightful book. How much great art could we have, then, if poetry were allowed to stop gazing into its navel for obscure meaningfulness and were allowed, instead, to speak to its natural audience of malevolent plum-eaters and children of all ages?

from The Atlantic: Why Poetry Should Be More Playful


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