- Jan 3, 2013
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This is really interesting. I expect some of us here have already run across it; I just saw it this morning, courtesy of another member linking it elsewhere.
I started a thread in Roundtable: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/sho...Apologizes-and-Agonizes&p=9554364#post9554364
But a discussion here seems appropriate also.... So here is the direct link to Alexie's article: http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/...try-with-happiness-i-love-that-poem-je-1.html
There was simultaneously a thread started here in the Poetry room about this issue which took off from the Jezebel article, in which the poem in question was thoroughly discarded by some, and in detail, as utterly bad. That thread is here: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?310861-Poetry-and-Identity-Politics Both the Roundtable thread and the Identity Politics thread here focused on Alexie's stance and the whole question of the single controversial poem, why he chose it, why he kept it in, etc.
So maybe this thread can focus on the rest of the anthology. I know at least a couple of us wanted to discuss the poems, now that all the back story has been talked out.
I got my paper copy Saturday and have been reading it with lots of pleasure. Most of the poems so far (I'm maybe half through) are the kind of writing that instantly humbles me and any idea I might have of being skilled at this art. They also inspire me to write more and get better at it.
I even have a favorite (of those I've read so far): "For the Young Woman I Saw Hit by a Car While Riding Her Bike", by Laura Kasischke. What grabs me about this poem is that it seems at first and on the surface to be simply a story of what happened, the poet telling how her reaction was out of proportion -- until the single word "swan" begins to signal that something entirely other is really going on. The subtlety with which that something else is both hinted at and only possibly revealed is amazing, graceful, so skillful it almost doesn't show at all.
I'll stop there.... Anyone else reading this and want to talk about the poems?