Letter from Poetry Magazine

Ange Mlinko responds:

by Ange Mlinko
Ange Mlinko responds:

I'm surprised that my praise for books as different as David Shapiro's, Rae Armantrout's, and Jay Wright's could be construed as "predictable and programmatic." In fact, the books I praised are as different from one another as the books I criticized were similar. This similarity constitutes the status quo. I don't expect to find genius in the status quo, but a little vitality goes a long way. My interpretation of "American Kestrel" doesn't rely on any notion of the authenticity of the speaker: the redundancy of the self speaking of the same self, page after page, is bound to make an intensely monotonous read, whether ironized or not.
Originally Published: December 3, 2007

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This prose originally appeared in the December 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2007


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Ange Mlinko was born in Philadelphia and earned her BA from St. John's College and MFA from Brown University. She is the author of four books of poetry: Marvelous Things Overheard (2013), which was selected by both the New Yorker and the Boston Globe as a best book of 2013; Shoulder Season (2010), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Starred Wire (2005), which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a . . .

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