Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov/Re-living the Debate

Check out this link to Poetry Off the Shelf's discussion of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov's argument over "Life at War" In Behind the Lines, I discuss this debate as one crystallization of an ongoing discussion about poetry as political action, of poetry as war resistance, and the like. Today, many critics and writers of the New American Poetry line (and the avant-garde) tend to side with Duncan, but I would argue, they do so too quickly and without regard for Levertov's political activism.

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