Poetry Q & A’s: A Short Take.

Between working until 8pm yesterday and visiting some of Vincent’s friends today, I managed to finish the new issue of Poetry, including the Q & A’s with the poets, and I have to say, they’re not a terribly valuable contribution. By & large, I found the poets’ answers stiff, stilted, super-self-conscious, and boring (though W.S. DePiero’s self-consciousness was kind of sweet). The exception was Heather McHugh. Her Q & A alone was worth the price of admission: entertaining, illuminating, and interesting. She could’ve gone on for several more pages without my ever looking up to check the time.

Meanwhile, Vincent is studiously holding a pen and making a line of marks across the page — what he considers “writing” — and every so often punctuating the silence with, “V for Vincent!” He goes through a lot of paper that way.

2 responses to “Poetry Q & A’s: A Short Take.”

  1. Heather McHugh’s brilliance never fails to astound me. I’ll have to get a copy of the latest Poetry, then!

  2. Yes, absolutely — and perhaps you’ll find the other poets’ Q & A’s more interesting than I did. But Heather McHugh’s is a sure thing!

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