Alec Nevala-Lee

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James Wright

Twitch is in. Poetry is the enemy of twitch. Every poetry has a theory, whether the bad poets know it or not. The theory of our current free verse involves a complete rejection of the past. A rejection of the past is a rejection of intelligence. We have, for the moment, a confused embrace of the present for the sake of a hallucinatory future…What makes the new poetry so bad is its failure to realize that there is no sound poetry without intelligence. There is no poetry without its own criticism.

James Wright, in “The Poetic Line: A Symposium”

Written by nevalalee

August 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

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