September 12, 2008

the strength of american poetry

"The strength of American poetry depends on the fact that hardly anybody notices it. To emerging poets, eager for an audience, this marginality may seem frustrating, but it is the source of their freedom."

james longenbach, excerpt from Writing in the Margins, a review published in the Sunday Book Review, The New York Times, July 22, 2007

Further reading:

James Longenbach at The New Yorker, Slate, The University of Chicago Press