From the description of the book:
No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It’s even bemoaned by poets: “I, too, dislike it,” wrote Marianne Moore. “Many more people agree they hate poetry,” Ben Lerner writes, “than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore.”
In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art.
The book sounds incredibly interesting to me, and I really can’t wait to get it in the post.
I wish that I could say I was familiar withLerner’s work, but I’ve never read a word that he has written. There is certainly a part of me that is excited, and hopeful, that discovering Lerner’s work for the first time will be a thrill.
I shall post things here after the book arrives and I’ve started to read it.