Criticism

“An ideal study of poetry would be concerned with all the kinds of poetries, the ideas [poets] have had of what poetry is, with identifying the species of poetry, varieties of the poem in evolution.” — Robert Duncan, Fictive Certainties, p.111.

“When we try to understand a text, we do not try to transpose ourselves into the author’s mind but, if one wants to use this terminology, we try to transpose ourselves into the perspective within which [the author] has formed his views. But this simply means that we try to understand how what [the author] is saying could be right. If we want to understand, we will try to make [the author’s] arguments even stronger.” — Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, 1999, pp. 292.

The first group of four links is an ideogram, a sample and a challenge to partisan reviewing and criticism. The pieces each address and engage to varying degrees a different kind of poetry, Canadian neoformalism/neoclassicism (Tim Bowling) and an extension of the line of West Coast postmodernism (Sharon Thesen), L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E or innovative poetry (Heidi Lynn Staples), sound poetry (Jaap Blonk), and, too politely, Canadian Mainstream poetry (Gary Geddes).

  1. Omnibus review of Tim Bowling’s Fathom and Sharon Thesen’s The Good Bacteria
  2. Review of Heidi Lynn Staple’s Guess Can Gallop
  3. Interview with Jaap Blonk
  4. Review of Gary Geddes’ Falsework


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