Monday, March 3, 2014

really creeley

it's useless to complain about prizes,

but this recent award of the Robert Creeley Prize to Mary Ruefle

seems ridiculous to me—

why wouldn't they give it to a poet whose work has followed on from and has aspired to the Creeley principles and tradition,

like, for example, a name that comes to mind, Joseph Massey?  Certainly Massey more than Ruefle merits a prize that bears the ensign of Creeley—

Ruefle in her poetry at least seems to me to be just another doneclone of James Tate—

I can't see anything in it that relates to Creeley.  Really.

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