... that Joan Houlihan is going to get a lot of grief for Three Invitations to a Far Reading (linked to at Arts & Letters Daily). I found this paragraph especially interesting:
I was recently amazed to discover from one of my students (who claimed I did not share his aesthetics) that he much preferred my edited versions of his apparently random lines. Why? Because they coalesced by means of re-ordering. The coalescing was still elliptical, certainly not a story in any traditional sense, but clearly there were connections between and among the lines. It seemed that this student’s “aesthetics” consisted of simple ignorance about how to create a seemingly whole poem from a series of disparate lines, even though it was his own poem. Not knowing how to do so provoked in him the idea that it was a matter of aesthetics rather than craft.
What struck me, while reading this piece, was that all of the poems cited are remarkably similar in their lack of affect. The seeming randomness of the lines in fact underscores this.