John Deming: Poetry Isn’t Dead.

Apropos to my recent review of Ben Lerner’s excellent novel Leaving the Atocha Station, John Deming responds to a screed against poetry by Alexandra Petri: You claim poetry isn’t “vital.” I will try to explain. A sponge and dish soap are vital to me because they make change in the kitchen. To me, at least, […]

Poems as Machines: Ben Lerner’s “Leaving the Atocha Station”

I watched the poet Richard Blanco’s inaugural reading with an additional layer of skepticism. His poem, One Today, which opens with plain verve (“One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores”) dissolved in the moment. Obama had just roused the crowd with progressive promises, and while his speech was not filled with detailed […]