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