So much modern poetry is obscure, tedious, and obviously written by academics, for academics, usually with political and social axes to grind. I am someone who loves good literature, well-crafted essays, and insightful criticism (especially that found in Mr. Yezzi's The New Criterion.) I don't read a lot of poetry, but do read most of the New Criterion poetry, which is always worth reading. So I was happy to try this volume of Mr. Yezzi's poetry. I was hooked from the first poem.
Bottom line: are you someone who loves to read, loves language, and loves literature -- but who has too often been disappointed by modern poetry? This volume may be for you. See my full review essay here: [...]