Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Critics love poems about poetry, and love even better poems about poetics, as if they took more wisdom to write."

Thanks to Brian for pointing out this review, by the ever-controversial often perceptive William Logan, of Wallace Stevens' recent Selected. If this be "snark," then long live snark. In other words, I love critical writing like this, and if you don't, then it's probably because you haven't made adequate efforts to appreciate the critic's intention.

1 comment:

Alex said...

It is a good review. What I like is the anti-intellectual bias, which is at the heart of the Snark Police's mission, displayed in some of the comments. Basically a bunch of people writing the reviewer off as a Mr. Smartypants know-it-all. Makes you wonder what kind of a general dumbing-down the advocates for less "snark" are asking for.