18 may. 2008

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Josephine MIles. To All Appearances: Poems New and Selected. 1974. 163 pp.

Here's an example of a poet who doesn't seem to get what it's all about.

I saw a work so good,
Strong, delicate, and exact...


She's telling us about an aesthetic experience but the experience is not there in the poem. You simply can't write a line like "I saw a work so good." It's completely self-refuting. And that's one of the better poems.