The Shadowbox of Poetry…

The New Southern Gentleman

“If the father of criticism [Aristotle] has rightly denominated poetry . . . an imitative art, these writers will, without great wrong, lose their right to the name of poets, for they cannot be said to have imitated anything; they neither copied nature nor life, neither painted the forms of matter, nor represented the operations of intellect. ”

– Dr. Samuel Johnson, describing the metaphysical poets…

Fred Chappell is a poet of considerable gifts. His work has won him the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Award, and numerous other distinguished honors.  I’ve long been an admirer of both his poetry and prose (he’s won several prestigious fiction awards, too, and I’ll be reporting on one of his novels, Brighten the Corner Where You Are, later in this series), and I’m fortunate enough to say that I know him a little, having attended UNC Greensboro and worked for him…

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