Friday, June 28, 2013

Who Reads Poetry? Do you?

 If my friends do, they haven’t told me

I think of myself as a guy who reads poems, but I don’t much.  Sometimes in the New Yorker. But I can go weeks without noticing their poems, which is of course a problem with the way they present them. I’m more apt to look at books of poems I might come across in a book store. I like the slimness of poetry books. I like the way a poem lies alone on a page. Like a spare, white gallery, one painting per wall.

You might not think of poems when you think of John Updike.  But he was good at writing them, of course. Americana touches on a lot of things. Makes you miss him.

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