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The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry by Alan Kaufman
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Oct 30, 2009

did not like it
Read in June, 2005

I liked the concept of the anthology, for these last several decades so much of “establishment poetry” seems indiscriminate.

But this book, excluding maybe a half-dozen poems, was utterly bogus. It featured the same circle-jerk as “the establishment”, only these poems lacked any sort of craft or refinement.

One especially memorable stanza said: “I want people to hear my poetry and vomit.”

Mission accomplished.

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