Sunday, September 30, 2007

We can't all agree ...

... on everything: Owe Canada. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I share Patrick's fondness for David Solway and I agree with much that Solway says in Director's Cut. I am inclined to agree with Timothy Murphy about Ammons. But I can't agree on Ashbery. While I don't hold him in as high regard as Bryan does, I do find much of his work entertaining. Now there may be a peculiar reason for that. Ashbery was for many years an art critic. I was for a few years (long, long ago) a gallery director. Often, when I read Ashbery, I am reminded of those years: His poems read to me like a montage of snatches of conversation heard at an art opening. Read as such, let me tell you, they are spot on.

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