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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty PleasureThe Dirty Art of Poetry$
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William Logan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166867

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001

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A Critic’s Notebook

A Critic’s Notebook

(p.303) A Critic’s Notebook
Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure

William Logan

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's random thoughts on various topics and experiences. These include an anecdote about his mother who loathed her middle name, Belle, and asked that it not be engraved on her tombstone; his recent habit of reading while walking; how young poets frequently know so little about their art—its history, its craft, its traditional manners, and the long wrestle with style that has produced what we think of as poetry today; how poetry has suffered from the metaphor of illness; the tenting of his house four times in the past ten years due to termite infestation; and how those who don't know The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang have not lived the right life.

Keywords:   critics, reflections, mother, reading, poetry, termites, Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang

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