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William Carlos Williams by William Carlos Williams
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Jan 31, 12

Read in January, 2012

Pinsky is fighting a lonely war to help poetry hang to whatever role it still has in American life. The danger is of turning poetry into something respectable and unchallenging, which with few exceptions is what’s happened in the UK. This selection threads the needle successfully, mixing literal poems with the more opaque stuff. This emphasises that, whatever else the plums in the icebox might mean, they mean plums in the icebox. Appetite whetted, I’ll grab Imaginations next time I’m at the library.
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