In this new selection, master literary craftsman John Updike provides a long-overdue reassessment of Karl Shapiro, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who has become one of the defining figures of the postwar period.
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published January 27th 2003 by Library of America
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A few of the poems in here were good, but overall this was a hard sell. Definitely struggled with Shapiro's voice, which I thought was a weird knock-off of "high" literary styles while trying to express a "working-class"/outsider perspective. Didn't sound authentic to me, and today his poetry is pretty dated. Considering how much Shapiro raged against "boozhwah" pretention and class elitism in his otherwise breezy and bold book of essays Creative Glut (generally a good read), I found his old-sch...more
Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.More about Karl Shapiro...