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Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry

William Logan


William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,” his witty and articulate reviews have reminded us how muscular good reviewing can be. This book takes poetry at its word, often finding in its hardest cases the greatest reasons for hope. The book begins with a devastating polemic against the wish to have critics announce their aesthetics every time they begin a review. “The Unbearable Rightness of Criticism” is a plea to read those critics who got it wrong when they reviewed Lyrical Ball ... More

Keywords: American poetry, aesthetics, poems, Wallace Stevens, Frank O'Hara, Philip Larkin, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166867
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Logan, author