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Should We Ban Poets’ Biographies from Poetry Magazines?

Roberta James:
"A biography which gives more than name and past works is at fault because it inevitably influences the reading of a poem."
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At 3:37 PM, Blogger Joseph Hutchison replied:

Maybe we should go further. After all, a poet's name influences the reading of his or her poem. "Loretta Dumpkovitz" or "Harry Forecastle" will be read differently than "Carolyn Kizer" or "Seamus Heaney," if not because of some innate strangeness then certainly because of relative familiarity. So every poem should be by Anonymous. And past works? Why? Just more grime-streaked window between the reader and the poem....    



At 5:31 PM, Blogger Greg replied:

And maybe we should print the poems as blocks of prose so the shape, lineation, etc., don't influence the reader. We could just ban poetry from poetry magazines and solve all these problems. Sheesh!    



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