Eleanor Wilner.

From the first essay, Eleanor Wilner’s, in Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play:

I should add that metrical, stanzaic form may be a contributing factor but is not sufficient by itself to produce aesthetic distance. I was once at a reading where an accomplished poet read an extremely well-made, metrically impeccable, elegantly and subtly rhymed sonnet whose subject was a graphic, move-by-move description of herself masturbating. Who could help thinking, ‘Honey, we know how it’s done’?”

Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play.

I’m very excited: The University of Michigan Press book of essays, Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play, edited by Daniel Tobin and Pimone Triplett, has been released! I’ve ordered my copy from my bookshop, it should be in around Tuesday. I’ve been hankering for a juicy book of poetry essays to sink into, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!