This was a fascinating read. Somehow I'd thought I was getting a poetry collection by Ben Lerner (why doesn't the library have one?!) - instead I cracked this and discovered a thoughtful, intelligent, meaty essay on poetry. Totally absorbing and real brain food. Loved it. Gave an excellent perspective on poetry that made sense to me - though I wouldn't say that I, too, dislike it...! (although some poetry I definitely do dislike - but not poetry in general - and there are poems I love. But Lerner makes some excellent points about how society approaches poets and poetry - and a good argument for why it can never succeed - but also why poets will/should always continue to try)

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