Do you read everything in “The New Yorker” except for the poems?


If you like to read the New Yorker & the poems in it, or if (like the majority of readers, according to Abraham Adams) you like the New Yorker but don’t read the poems in it, then you might like “Say ‘Ah'” at Triple Canopy.  It contains the interesting history of New Yorker poetry (when they started publishing poetry they only printed light verse!)

Adams also describes the magazines current poetry in the following manner, then goes on to criticize it wryly.

New Yorker poet Robert Pinsky tells us that reading poetry out loud is “an essential pleasure,” and if you’ve ever heard a New Yorker poem read aloud to a group of people, you may recognize the Ah that the poem’s coda often elicits: a brief moan, a soft grunt, an aspirated hum. Ahhhh, hmmmmm,hunnnhhhh. It is an expression of the audience’s union with the experience of subjecthood that the poem exists to narrate. To say Ah is to affirm you have been created in the image of the poet for a moment, as if the poem were a quotation from your very own mind.

Read Say “Ah

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