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Edwin Frank

is the author of Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013 and the editor and founder of the New York Review Books Classics series.

Picture a Picture of a Bed

Being a mere imitation of a thing, a picture is a bad thing, and since other forms of imitation, such as epic and tragic poetry, are likewise bad, it is essential that the citizens of the republic not develop a taste for such things, which offer empty distraction and false gratification and will only bring them to grief.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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