Schools of American Poetry

As taxonomies of American poetry go, this brief one by Jonathan Mayhew is more rewarding than most. I am much more sympathetic to the Confessional poets than most of my contemporaries. Writers like Berryman & Plath & to a lesser extent Lowell took the New Critical poetic conventions & at their best transformed them into tools with which to make a poetry of real emotional power. No small thing.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.