Thursday, June 29, 2006

Not the kind of review you'd want, ideally...

At first I think it’s a poem. Then I realise that it isn’t. Not exactly. Then I’m glad it’s not me he’s talking about. Then I start thinking about school and how it can knock all that’s good out of poetry. Then I think this piece should be posted on every classroom and lecture hall in the country.

I haven't ever read Harvey Shapiro poems. Are they so bad?

2 comments:

Hedgie said...

Shapiro's work is similar in ways to that of Frank O'Hara and "New York" poets. Here are two positive reviews which give you some sense of his work:

from "The Villager"

Another

Here are 3 short poems of his which appeared on "Poetry Daily":

Three poems

I suspect the reviewer has a problem with this entire approach to poetry, and Shapiro simply becomes for him a representative of a trend he (the reviewer) dislikes. Intensely.

I've read little of Shapiro's work myself, so don't have a broad base of his work from which to draw any conclusions.

Rob Mackenzie said...

Yes, it's hard to know. I quite liked one of the poems you linked to, about the expanding universe, and wasn't so sure about the others, but I'd need to read more to get a fuller picture.

Thanks for these links. They do balance things up a bit. But I did find the review in Stride very amusing, although I probably wouldn't have if it had been about me...