Ange asks: "Could it be that there is a profound cultural connection between the poet and the detective?" The answer is...

Yes! Francis M. Nevins wrote on the topic for us earlier this year: Solve the Case, Solve the Sonnet

Originally Published: October 8th, 2007

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days (Random House, 2008) and a founding editor of The Believer. His work most recently appears in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (Da Capo). He blogs at The Dizzies.

  1. October 10, 2007

    I can't believe I missed this! Thanks.
    "The composition of a good poem is roughly analogous to a successful feat of detection: The poet seeks a precise sequence of words that can be as agonizingly hard to discover as the truth behind appearances that is (for a Spade or Marlowe or Archer) the holy grail."
    This is a great insight, but I can't help feeling it's still just another analogy for detective work of a larger scope; I just can't put my finger on it. It's some kind of transcendence.
    Someone should write a book on this.