Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Hatred of Poetry

Possibilities. Two things delighted me about Ben Lerner’s book titled, The Hatred of Poetry. First, reading this essay-length book doesn’t take very long. Second, a defense of poetry through the path of hatred was great fun to read. The whole idea that poetry and the hatred of poetry being inextricable was great. Our language always falls short of expressing what we feel, and every poem, no matter how ambitious and great in exploring the possibilities, misses the mark. Thus stirred by Lerner’s finely written prose about poetry, I completed his book with a smile, and went to a bookshelf to read a poem. I encourage you to do the same. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Hatred of Poetry from

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