Our Savage Art: Poetry and the Civil Tongue by William Logan

By William Logan

The so much infamous poet-critic of his new release, William Logan has outlined our view of poets sturdy 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 price and energy of the critic's savage art.

Like The Undiscovered kingdom: Poetry within the Age of Tin, which gained the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award in feedback, Our Savage Art positive factors the corrosive wit and darkly discriminating evaluations that experience turn into the emblems of Logan's type. beginning with a security of the serious eye, this assortment beneficial properties essays on Robert Lowell's correspondence, Elizabeth Bishop's unfinished poems, the inflated recognition 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, the most important figures within the divided global of latest poetry, and an try to rescue the recognition of the nineteenth-century poet John Townsend Trowbridge. brief studies reflect on John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, and dozens of others. even though he could be known as a cobra with manners, Logan is a fervent suggest for poetry, and Our Savage Art keeps to elevate the normal of what the critic can do.

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