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09/15/2005

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Trent

Yeah, I was going to write them about that. You don't ever get a sense of what the book is under review. POETRY's reviews used to be my favorite anywhere. The reviewer would teach me something about poetry, the poet and the reviewer himself. To me, that was the perfect review. Even if I didn't care for that month's selections, I could always count on informative reviews.

Jonathan  Mayhew

Yet, too, the critical prose is drowning out the poetry in this magazine. Now it's about half poetry and half commentary. it used to be mostly poetry with a few reviews in the back. Since the poetry is mostly not very interesting, the real focus has shifted to the criticism. Of course, the reviewer is completely correct about Ammons, but needed to support the opinion.

Trent

Sometimes the critical content has been fascinating. The current reviews are not, however.

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