modern poetry

Forgotten Poet of the day: Karl Shapiro

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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There are many reasons why Karl Shapiro is no longer taught or on the lips of MFA students.

mUutations: Pete Winslow

by Brooks Lampe Poetry and Poetics
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Pete Winslow is a very minor Beat surrealist poet who died young and only published a few books.

On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

by Brooks Lampe Academia
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Even though both the form and content of Gene Tanta’s work are particular to his Romanian-immigrant experience, he insists that his poetry is accessible to everyone. His poetry, he says, exists both as aesthetic objects and political propaganda. This is absolutely true about all poetry, not just his own. Inevitably, literary criticism will come to see that literature is always both.