Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Tim McGrath

Dear Editor,

Mastery and Mystery: Twenty-One Ways to Read a Century” reads like a legal argument put forward by a lawyer who knows deep down that his client is guilty. Modernism murdered poetry, and then, to cover up its crime, dressed the body in new clothes and propped it up in the front window, where it still sits to this day, accepted as proof  by the foolish neighbors that all is well in the house of verse.

Originally Published: December 4, 2012

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This prose originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2012

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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