Thursday, July 20, 2006

Reading

Man, I have not read enough poetry. Embarrassing admission: I just came to know John Berryman's work in the last year. I went through grad school in English and didn't read one of the 20th Century's greats. Too much lit crit theory, I guess, or the wrong classes? I was into fiction writing at the time, so I took a lot of novel and short story lit courses. I'm just afraid that I'm being incredibly derivative and don't know it because I haven't read stuff. Or, if I try to talk to a "real poet" about writing poetry, like if I e-mailed Bill Knott, I would show my complete ignorance about poets/writers/art/music. At times I just say, what the fuck, I don't care. I'm doing o.k. with the tools I have, and I know how to do what I do. But there's always the nagging feeling I'm under-educated in some way. Probably this is a common feeling; there's too much too read and too little time. I also need to have a life, by the way.

2 Comments:

Blogger J Martin said...

Just keep reading, man. And don't forget to tell me what you're reading so I can try to keep up!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Oh, we all have those kinds of blank spots. For me, not so much Berryman, but maybe Charles Olson & Jack Spicer. Mind you, not having read them never stopped me from discussing them, in context...the bluff of English majors everywhere.

I've snagged an advance copy of Hoagland's essays, _Real Sofistikashun_. You're going to be a happy camper when it comes out.

9:47 PM  

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