Posts Tagged: Issue 1

A Literary Intervention: Sending Poetry to Rehab or How Bugs Bunny Can Save Poetry

I know poetry has heard this before, and it usually hasn’t ended well. Just a few years ago, the president of the Poetry Foundation, John Barr, published a notorious rebuke of contemporary poetry in the journal Poetry. It was the essay that launched a thousand ships—or a least a few hundred letters to the editor and a withering counter-strike from poet Dana Goodyear in the pages of the New Yorker a few months later. Barr’s essay included some truth (poetry should seek a broader audience), but it also appeared to be a not-so-veiled attack on several targets that he’d had his eye on for years (like MFA programs)….

–R. Salvador Reyes

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A Literary Intervention: Sending Poetry to Rehab or How Bugs Bunny Can Save Poetry

I know poetry has heard this before, and it usually hasn’t ended well. Just a few years ago, the president of the Poetry Foundation, John Barr, published a notorious rebuke of contemporary poetry in the journal Poetry. It was the essay that launched a thousand ships—or a least a few hundred letters to the editor and a withering counter-strike from poet Dana Goodyear in the pages of the New Yorker a few months later. Barr’s essay included some truth (poetry should seek a broader audience), but it also appeared to be a not-so-veiled attack on several targets that he’d had his eye on for years (like MFA programs)….

–R. Salvador Reyes