By William Logan
The such a lot infamous poet-critic of his new release, William Logan has outlined our view of poets strong and undesirable, fascinating and banal, for greater than 3 many years. Featured within the New York occasions booklet Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Criterion, between different journals, Logan's eloquent, passionate prose by no means fails to impress readers and poets, reminding us of the worth and energy of the critic's savage art.
Like The Undiscovered state: Poetry within the Age of Tin, which received the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award in feedback, Our Savage Art beneficial properties the corrosive wit and darkly discriminating reviews that experience turn into the logos of Logan's type. beginning with a safeguard of the serious eye, this assortment beneficial properties essays on Robert Lowell's correspondence, Elizabeth Bishop's unfinished poems, the inflated acceptance of Hart Crane, the lack of the hot Critics, and a damning-and already hugely controversial-indictment of an variation of Robert Frost's notebooks.
Logan additionally comprises essays on Derek Walcott and Geoffrey Hill, an important figures within the divided international of up to date poetry, and an try and rescue the recognition of the nineteenth-century poet John Townsend Trowbridge. brief stories examine John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, and dozens of others. although he will be referred to as a cobra with manners, Logan is a fervent suggest for poetry, and Our Savage Art maintains to elevate the traditional of what the critic can do.
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That such partial, undecoded meanings are in essence religious is nowhere clearer than in the forty-page poem that closes the book. ” These thousand lines are meant to render the last images passing through the mind of someone dying—that’s the dust jacket’s opinion (how it can tell, I’m not sure). bone child in the palm a bird in the heart bone-clicking applause of the winter trees bones of the unknown bones smoothed by water book of smoke, black soup born with a map of calamity in her palm A stanza of this is unsettling, a page tiresome, forty pages nearly unbearable agony.
In 1935 Oppen joined the Communist Party, concealing his bourgeois past as a poet (this might have told him something about the party, if Stalin’s purges did not). For the next twenty years or more, Oppen swore off poetry; when not training for party leadership, he organized the poor, fomented strikes, and protested against monopolies, though the aim of any union is to exploit a monopoly of labor. During World War II, he was wounded while serving in an antitank unit in Europe. After the war he built furniture, attended art school in Mexico on the GI Bill, and added to his swollen FBI file.
By then elderly, cared for in a Rome hospital run by nuns, Santayana had been attracted to the Catholic piety in Lord Weary’s Castle. ” He was so drawn to the young man that on Lowell’s marriage to Elizabeth Hardwick he sent a gift of money, to the poet’s embarrassed gratitude. Arriving in Rome after many thwarted plans (Lowell’s conviction as a conscientious objector during the war, a felony, made it difficult to secure a passport), he had a touching meeting with the half-deaf philosopher. Returning a couple of years later, Lowell was crushed to find that Santayana had died only weeks before.