The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

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August 2016, no. 383
David McCooey reviews 'The Hatred of Poetry' by Ben Lerner

The Hatred of Poetry

by Ben Lerner

Text Publishing $19.99 pb, 86 pp, 9781925355673

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

Reviewed by
August 2016, no. 383

Do people hate poetry, as the title of Ben Lerner's terrific book-sized essay implies? In Lerner's account, poetry is associated with hatred and contempt, even by its practitioners, because of the gap between the ideal, imagined poem and the real productions of poets; between 'Poetry' and the embarrassing existence of actual poems. Between these two poles we find poets, and those who, along with Plato, would banish poetry from the ideal Republic.

David McCooey reviews 'The Hatred of Poetry' by Ben Lerner

The Hatred of Poetry

by Ben Lerner

Text Publishing $19.99 pb, 86 pp, 9781925355673

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