The American Idea, According to Bruce Springsteen

Al Filreis, the UPenn prof who knows as much about American poetry as nearly anyone alive (heck, he has roughly twelve freaking blogs on the subject) links to a big story in the inevitable New York Times about Bruce Springsteen, and endorses the idea that Springsteen is "The Rock Laureate." Jon Pareles is a goodContinue reading “The American Idea, According to Bruce Springsteen”

Poetry at the Presidential Inauguration: A Bad Idea?

Seemingly the only way to be noticed as a poet in America today is to have an enormous personality, and then to go on and inflate it to a size suitable for mass media spectaculars. (I'm thinking of the likes of Allen Ginsberg or Patti Smith, both of whom — by the way — areContinue reading “Poetry at the Presidential Inauguration: A Bad Idea?”