New book on the history of modern American poetry

Q: Are there lessons from the “New Verse movement” for those who might like to see a “further revival [of American poetry] in the 21st century”?

A: Dont turn your back on the world around you, or on history, or on “ordinary life.” I am not an expert in very recent American poetry so its presumptuous for me to say so, but some recent verse Ive read seems primarily or entirely concerned with the inner life of the poet — his or her responses to the natural world, to works of art, to somewhat rarefied emotional states. Lyric poetry addresses these precious aspects of being human better than any other form of writing, and this will, I hope, never stop being the case. But poetry can and must also speak to the mundane, the political, the technological — to every aspect of 21st-century experience.

via New book on the history of modern American poetry | Inside Higher Ed.

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