Simpson writes of the need for a true connection between poetry and how lives are lived.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn this collection of recent reviews, articles and essays, Simpson, author of The Best Hour of the Night, argues that American poetry has evolved into two extreme positionsone in which language is a reality in itself, after the mannered style of Wallace Stevens, and one that is based in experience, after the plain style of William Carlos Williams. Simpson, a Williams adherent, also contends that the personal lyric has been emphasized at the expense of the narrative mode. Describing himself as ``a failed novelist'' and referring to his poems as ``stories,'' he states: ``I write about feelings people share, in language that can be understood.'' Although Simpson's brave new world of poetry would deprive us of some of the best poetry written in the latter half of our century, he makes a provocative case. (April)
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