We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The New Criterion's annual †poetry issue is out, covering Richard Wilbur, Eliot, Lord Rochester, etc.
And including a fine essay on Formalism by poet David Yezzi. Excerpt:
"Today, as I have said, it is not necessary to understand prosody at all in order to write a successful poem in English or to be a successful poet. Still, I canít help wondering if the art isnít made poorer by contemporary poetsí self-assured disregard of traditional verse technique. As Brander Matthews himself once famously said: ďA gentleman need not know Latin, but he should have at least forgotten it.Ē Prosody is not far behind Latin in terms of its obsolescence, even within the specialized discipline of poetry. And this goes for readers and critics, as well as for poets." Read entire here.†