Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Great Regulars: Evidence of this largeness of spirit is everywhere

present in [Charles Bernstein's] All the Whiskey in Heaven, whose seventy-five poems are not just enduring in their readability but in their conspicuous instructional component as well. One learns from Bernstein that Language poetry can do much more than (perhaps a bit reductively) sass the so-called "self-expressive lyric 'I'", sound out the incapacities of language, marshal the immanence of language (the non-absorptive, non-representational word-qua-word), and use Quixotic critical prose to grossly misrepresent and ridicule every other poetic inclination evident in American verse.

from Seth Abramson: The Huffington Post: June 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews


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