Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Geological Event

A copy of William Carlos Williams' long poem 'Paterson' came through the mail this week.

What decided me to buy this tome? Well, firstly reading the blog of Joe Milutis called Impossible Object and, secondly, reading this quote from American poet and critic Randall Jarrell:

The best poems in Elizabeth Bishop's 'North and South' are so good that it takes a geological event like 'Paterson' to overshadow them.

I like the idea of a poem as a 'geological event'.

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