It may sound like a cop-out, but I’m of several minds about this topic, like a tree in which there are several blackbirds. I used to feel that the extravagant claims made for poetry by Stevens and Williams, to name only two, had an ironic undercurrent of desperation.
CHARLES NORTH's recent publications include Elevenses, a limited edition collaboration with the artist Trevor Winkfield (Granary Books, 2017), and States of the Art: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Other Prose 1975-2014 (Pressed Wafer, 2017). His eleventh book of poems, North of the Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems, is due from Hanging Loose this fall.
Charles Norths most recent books are States of the Art: Selected Essays, Interviews and Other Prose (Pressed Wafer, 2017) and North of the Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems (Hanging Loose, 2018).
Charles North’s twelfth poetry collection, Everything and Other Poems (The Song Cave, 2020), was named a NY Times New and Noteworthy Book. En Face, his collaboration with artist Trevor Winkfield, is just out from MAB Books.