Friday, April 25, 2008

On August Kleinzahler

I never did understand the point of savaging Garrison Keillor (well, other than self-aggrandizement), but after reading this article, I do want to read August Kleinzahler's new book.

Here's a link.


Blogger Talia said...

Me too. And I like the way he describes Keillor; I think it's accurate, but I don't think there should be any "way" that poetry should be. The Writer's Almanac is very popular, and I guess that goes along with Kooser's philosophy about poetry and the sort of suplly and demand of it. I just think we spend an awful lot of time putting each other into categories and getting upselt about other people's organization of all of it.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Macy Swain said...

Just ordered Kleinzahler's book after reading your blog and following the link. I think Keillor has done some good for poetry among people who aren't part of the academic poetry elite; I like the way he appreciates it. But hell, I'm one of those "middle-aged creative writing instructors catching a whiff of mortality in the countryside." Or in my case, the cityside. Really, August, the effects of that whiff of mortality probably do us all good. Give me a break!

8:17 PM  
Blogger David Graham said...

I think Kleinzahler's portrait of Keillor is laughably reductive and inaccurate--in which it fairly closely parallels in reverse Keillor's satire against academic poets.

In any case, I'm a fan of both Kleinzahler and Keillor.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Diane Lockward said...

AK can say what he likes, but there's nothing better for book sales than a feature with Mr. Keillor. He gets a lot of poetry out into the world, not all of it good, some of it quite bad, but much of it wonderful. And he spreads the word.

12:26 PM  

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