Monday, August 25, 2008

The Absurdity of Poetry Blurbs

Today, I received the Contemporary Poetry Review e-newsletter. In it was this great article by Vic Peterson, who discusses the absurdity of blurbs on the jackets of poetry books. According to Peterson, "more than a few poetry book jackets in recent years contain wild-eyed
rhapsodies that seem barely related to the works they recommend." He then gives some examples but the most interesting one is the blurb from one of my favorite poets, Jack Meyers. He ends up concluding that "
writers of these blurbs appear more interested in sounding informed than in making genuine judgments. They do not aim
to offer critical insight, but to confirm a disposition and reinforce the
mindset of the coterie that has already bought into the pretense"

I found the essay an interesting read. You can read the article here.

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