Monday, August 2, 2010

The Louis C.K. of poetry criticism

"News at Eleven: But [David] Lehman's particular theme this year is the state of poetry criticism, and he doesn't hold back: 'Poetry criticism at its worst today,' Lehman asserts, 'is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent,' and he goes on from there to apply an especially vigorous flogging to the critic William Logan, who is sort of the Louis C.K. of poetry criticism, and who has written, for example, that reading the work of C.K. Williams is 'like watching a dog eat its own vomit.'"
(Sept. 22, 2009, Rus Bowden, Poetry & Poets in Rags)

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