Helen Vendler goes after The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove. “Multicultural inclusiveness prevails: some 175 poets are represented. No century in the evolution of poetry in English ever had 175 poets worth reading, so why are we being asked to sample so many poets of little or no lasting value?” Ouch.
Sorry, Hemingway. It’s safe to say that “gin-soaked abusive monster” qualifies as an insult. Still, it’s better than “tequila-soaked abusive monster,” right? The new year is all about optimism.
25 things writers should stop doing in the new year. Maybe insulting other writers should be tacked on as #26?
Proposed #28: Find a way to make money as a writer…one way or another.