6 may. 2005

Truly good writers like Ronald Johnson, by standing out from the crowd, setting a higher standard, provide a certain perspective on the work of other poets not-as-good. I don't mean to use him as a stick to beat up on any other poet, but I do believe that RJ offers all the benefits of traditional poetry--close attention to sound and sight, depth of insight, concentrated language. You know, if you like that sort of thing, poetry of great clarity and beauty that doesn't condescend to the reader. I don't mind looking up a few words in the dictionary.