Ron Silliman "goes negative" on Andrew Motion's ass. With good reason. Plenty good reason. I've never read a book of Motion's, in large part because the poems I've read here and there--generally in anthologies or on sites like the ones linked above, in which the poems selected are presumably indicative of his best efforts--have been so thoroughly underwhelming. If the laureateship led to a decline in his productivity as a poet, I can't say that the reading public is any the poorer for it.