The Line Forms Here(amazon)
David Lehman (View Bio)
Trade Paperback: University of Michigan Press, 1992.
"Newsweek, Parnassus, scholarly university press anthologies--the range of publications where these reviews, essays and miscellaneous pieces first appeared reflects Lehman's versatility as a critic of contemporary poetry. Writing about literature for so varied and wide an audience--'a wider audience than is presumed to exist for it'--has led Lehman to declare 'that poetry has not been, as the academics say, fatally marginalized.' This both cheers the lover of poetry and enlivens even Lehman's most scholarly writing with a welcomed sense of freshness. Considering A. R. Ammons's innovative use of punctuation, Lehman notes: 'the colon looks both ways before crossing over to the far side of the street.' John Hollander's mode of allusion 'acts very much like an inspired typo.'" — Publishers Weekly