September 23, 2010
"More good poems are contributing to the shadow economy every day."
“What is American about American Poetry?”
That was the question posed by the Poetry Society of America upon the occasion of their centenary. BOA poet Alan Michael Parker – Love Song with Motor Vehicles (BOA, 2003) and Elephants & Butterflies (BOA, 2008) – tackled the question with his usual sense of intelligence, good humor, and linguistic acrobatics: “In my own work, the post-Romantic inheritance seems to me distinctly American; how the lyric defaults to a simplified artistic construct: experience + insight = epiphany. I spend a lot of time disabusing myself of this paradigm.”
Read his full response at the PSA’s website here: [Alan Michael Parker on "American" Poetry]