Tuesday, July 31, 2012

News at Eleven: "Love of poems

by others × Resistance to influence = Style" sounds like something Susan Sontag might have written in her journals. And though [Jeffrey] Skinner may be winking at the reader when he presents what he calls the "Pre-M.F.A. Save-Your-Time-&-Money Quiz"--"before you decide to enroll (which I know you will anyway), take a moment to answer these questions"--it doesn't mean he isn't on to something.

Skinner completed his own M.F.A. at Columbia in an era when Robert Bly could speak cryptically of his "wound" and Tess Gallagher was "all the rage."

from The New York Times: A Guide for the Poet Within


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