From Rodney Jones’ poem “On Criticism” in the new issue of Parnassus: Poetry in Review: Without taste, criticism inflates to theory. The technique and not the art. The theology without the religion. The critic fails when he stops thinking of the sweetness.
It’s a common trope that more people are writing poetry than reading poetry, and even less are writing poetry criticism. Some of the welcome developments have been the expanded prose section in Poetry, and the reinstatement of poetry reviews in Publishers Weekly, which can be vital for library and bookstore sales. And the angel who […]