Dixie Chicks Yes, Reba NO.
"Don't use such an expression as "dim lands of peace." It dulls the image. It mixes an abstraction with the concrete. It comes from the writer's not realizing that the natural object is always the adequate symbol."
"Hart Crane brings a really bizarre kind of collection of influences to his work. He has this Webster, Jacobean line, the sort of richness of that line, he has the French thing, and it’s not really like anyone else’s. It doesn’t resemble anything that was around at the time. To me it’s a beautiful gateway that hasn’t led anywhere. But I think it’s terrible that it hasn’t led anywhere. Crane should have been one of the people that is most looked up to. I think that’s just exemplary in terms of reading deep into the past and building your style out of that, rather than glancing around and saying, “Okay, this is what poets are doing now, is to be elliptical and to give out very little.” I think people who cite their influences from their own generation are quite suspect. Just go to a library, just put your feet in the past. It will just give you more range, it will just give you more reach."
Startling occurrence: Rae Armantrout has a poem in the New Yorker! It is entitled "The Ether" and is on page 74 of the May 22, 2006 issue. It is a sensitive and mercurial piece. Can we now hope for a more varied presentation of American poetry from the magazine? Since so many "general" readers get their idea of poetry from the poems published in the New Yorker, it would be nice if it was more democratic, actually representative of the "scene."
Against dualism, as such
S. S. Van Dine. The Benson Murder Case. New York, Scribner’s, 1926.