10.24.2010

"Whereas many poetry collections in the last few years have fully incorporated a single idea as the driving point of the entire collection..."

Because this is true (is "collection" meaningful? were the poems written to theme, or were they collected?) and also because this is increasingly causing anxiety (project poetry -- while "project" has been a fruitful term, practice -- "project poetry" as a term with a negative/cliche aspect is now recognisable by including poems that are necessary to the project but not good as poems, by not generally having an emotional or metaphorical core, by working through exhaustion), here is my review of

Alison Hawthorne Deming
The Monarchs
1997
LSU Press

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