Monday, September 08, 2003

Joan Houlihan, a somewhat more intelligent and less self-impressed version of conservative critic William Logan, has been getting a fair amount of attention in blogland lately. But I find her criticism more irritating and less entertaining than Logan's, and her habit of choosing the poems or lines of poems as representative (as the Skeptic has pointed out) destroys, in my mind, whatever authority she presumes to create. The proof is in the pudding, folks: check out her own poems. I don't dislike all of them and she has an ear; but she's plowing a narrow, narrow stretch of the wide open field that is poetry, and it's sheer temerity on her part to expect the rest of us to do the same.

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