Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Great Regulars: "The Best of the Best American Poetry"

encodes that conflict into its very marrow. "An intimidating task," guest editor Robert Pinsky puts it, describing the rigors of selecting 100 poems from the 1,875 that have thus far been published in the series--although Sisyphean might be a better word.

Either way, the strength of the book (which Pinsky compiled with the aid of series editor David Lehman) is its sense of subjectivity, the way these poems illustrate their editor's aesthetic, and in so doing, tell us something of how poetry operates in the world.

from David L. Ulin: Los Angeles Times: 'The Best of the Best American Poetry': An embarrassment of riches


Yoko Ono is returning to her roots. In June, the 80-year-old avant-garde icon (and widow of John Lennon) will publish a follow-up to her 1964 book "Grapefruit": "Acorn," a collection of 100 conceptual instructions which function as Zen-like incantations for how to live a mindful life.

"Grapefruit" is one of the great books of the 1960s, a work of subtlety and elegance that frames the world itself as a canvas for art. It was this sensibility that first drew Lennon to Ono when they met at London's Indica Gallery in 1966.

from David L. Ulin: Los Angeles Times: Yoko Ono goes back to the future with 'Acorn'


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