Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Fruitful influence …

… Larkin Stateside: implicit dialogues between the poetries of Joshua Mehigan and Philip Larkin - Wild Court. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Several excellent examples can be found in the work of Joshua Mehigan. In his two full collections, The Optimist (Ohio University Press, 2004), and especially the outstanding Accepting the Disaster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), one of Mehigan’s many achievements is to stamp his own idiosyncratic and specifically American aesthetic and outlook on his poems while simultaneously exploring his interpretations of Larkin’s techniques in numerous ways.

As T. S. Eliot said,  “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different."



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