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Poetic Amusement Paperback – August 31, 2010
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Even though that mentor was the late William Packard, founder and longtime editor of the New York Quarterly (and author of the mean-spirited, hilarious novel "Saturday Night at San Marcos"), it's impossible for me to believe that anything but the ethics of an old boys' network accounts for Packard's bequest of the NYQ's editorship to such an intellectual nonentity -- or for Raymond P. Hammond's being allowed to edit anything at all.
I'm no apologist for MFA programs and their institutional dominance, but Hammond adds nothing to the discussion by setting up and knocking down the straw man of oppressed MFA students forced to produce a univocal, uniform poetry. And get this: "The responsibility of agonizing revisions and decisions are [sic] left to a committee's caucus rather than to the gut tendencies of an artist who is willing to sacrifice for his art. The resultant work is left gang raped and abandoned in a dumpster, barely recognizable." That's offensive, not to mention ignorant and demonstrably untrue.
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