Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tempest meet teapot

In a bookstore ran across a new anthology called American Hybrid that looked like it might be very interesting or very tedious: "the long-acknowledged 'fundamental division' between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of hybrid approaches that blend trends from accessible lyricism to linguistic exploration." Yeah yeah doesn't sound promising but that's just jacket copy and I have hopes for Oulipo sonnets or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E rondeaux. Will probably get some stuff that's really cool and a lot more that's an effort to wade through but until this shows up at my library I won't know.

But trying to find a table of contents (still missing - not on Amazon or publisher site or elsewhere yet) I ran across some blog comments that are striking for the intensity that they attack or defend a book that they haven't read. You can check blog posts here and here and a more sedate one here. Normally I wouldn't do these kind of "blind" links but eh why not?