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Early pioneers in reviving meaning in poetry as well as traditional form, included Fred Turner, Fred Feirstein, and Dick Allen.
By restoring variety to the art form, these poets hoped to recover also the prominence and prestige poetry had once commanded. They also hoped to show that the short, often fragmentary lyric-narrative of autobiographical experience was neither the only form poetry could take nor even a very important form within the hierarchy of poetic modes ranging from the epic down to light verse.
As I have said, Pound sought to expand the material that could find its way into poetry, much as had Wordsworth and others before him. Members of the expansive movement, and those who followed them, did their best to produce poetry that could take on—once more—a wide variety of subject matter in an equally wide variety of forms.
To make a point that Dana Gioia expressed more pithily almost two decades ago, such poets recognized that poetry is a genus of which there are many species.
Moreover, they appreciated that the lyric holds, at best, the third rank in the great hierarchy of these species. Narrative and dramatic verse, historically, and even in the present estimation and ineluctable prejudice of most literate persons, rank above it.
He has done so however by ramming epic narrative into science fiction, a practice that may be inevitable if the traditional martial and heroic components of the epic are to be present and if the novelistic focus on interiority and character development are not.
So expansive poetry, capitalized as a movement, or simply carrying on de facto, is with us still. A Critical Introduction which has now been reissued in an expanded editionperhaps of necessity, seems to garner academic interest through a bit of pandering.
Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Formthe crossroads where homosexuality and sonnets meet affords an academic field day, where identity politics rushes in to justify the apparently otherwise unjustifiable acts of writing and reading poetry.
I should point out, however, that neither McPhillips nor Caplan has written a pandering or intellectually dishonest study. Their books are supremely readable in comparison with the vast majority of contemporary academic criticism and are no less sophisticated for that although they deliberately forego the appearance of sophistication.
I would, however, offer a reservation—one that Ponick also seems to be angling after. Because the free verse orthodoxy is so widespread its domain extends almost as wide as the narrow terrain that is contemporary poetrysome poets cannot indulge in simply getting drunk on the sweet liquor of poetry because they are punch drunk from the barbarous ham-hands of free verse.
Such being the case, the formal poet bitterly skirts around this norm on the road to writing verses of more immediate novelty. Expansive poetry was not supposed to be a permanent reaction but, as I said, a benign recovery of great things that had been lost.
Merwin, or anapestic cross-rhymed quatrains relating the mundane sexual voyeurism of the heirs of Sharon Olds.
At times this is precisely what has occurred. If those ambitions have been foiled, then Ponick is right to mourn. His Interrogations at Noon is simply a coherent collection of several types of poetry that, but for their colloquial ease, could have been written at any time in the past or future.
The convention of novelty and experiment predominates in both the composition and publishing of poems. That much more humble and fruitful convention of craft and tradition, which insists that the best poetry is produced when it merely extends, elaborates and corrects what has come before—despite irritating intimations to the contrary by poets like Robert Pinsky and Robert Hass, which belie their actual practice—is quite out of fashion.
Obsessed with the now, most poets write in a fashion that cuts them off from all the poetry of the past and, indeed, from any meaningful understanding of poetry as an art form.
Perhaps this claim is overblown.James Matthew Wilson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. His poems, essays, and reviews appear regularly in a wide range of books and journals, including, most recently, The Dark Horse, Pleiades, and Modern Age.
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