Salt poetry

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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