Sixteen Ritos, from a photo by Joan Alvarez.  K. Dykstra, 2015.
Sixteen Ritos, from a photo by Joan Alvarez. K. Dykstra, 2015.

In 2006 Roberto Manzano conducted an interview with his fellow writer Rito Ramón Aroche in Havana.  AMNIOS magazine published the interview in 2012, and it was later reprinted at the website Cuba Literaria (overseen by the Cuban Book Institute).  Unfortunately their page doesn’t currently load on any of my browsers, only a short line warning of malicious code.  Perhaps this replacement is appropriate, since Aroche does something to deconstruct the framework of virtually every question asked by Manzano.  Here are excerpts from their conversation, brought into English.

Two bright new books of poetry

One from each side of the Atlantic!

Postmodern American Poetry, cover
Postmodern American Poetry, cover

Tess Somervell reviews The Salt Book of Younger Poets here.
A well-researched and rather dry look at the crop of bright new things in Britain:
There is not a poem among the three or four by each of the fifty poets in this anthology which is not in some way intelligent; dominant, however, is a specific type of intelligence, an intellectual self-indulgence of an almost metaphysical character. The grand abstract concept is less the order of the day than the local image stretched to its figurative limit, a brief moment teased out to fill a poem.
Only the British could reinvent metaphysical self-indulgence for the twenty-first century.

And someone should review the second edition of Paul Hoover’s immensely useful Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

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