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American Life in Poetry


November 15, 2018

Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the appearance of modernism all hell broke loose and suddenly there were all sorts of subjects one had license to write about. Here’s an example of a fine contemporary poem with a richly detailed subject that no doubt wouldn’t have seen the light of day in the 1880s or ‘90s. It’s by Sally Van Doren, who lives in New York, from her 2017 book from Louisiana State University Press, entitled Promise.

Housewife as Poet

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