James Longenbach takes down the New Formalists via his review of Mary Jo Salter's new book. Longenbach's review in the NY Times rightly says that the wars between the New Formalists & the Language Poets now ". . . feel dated, part of the niggling history of taste rather than the grand history of art." He then goes on to provide a brief anatomy of poetic repression using Salter's poems as the (too beautiful) corpse. Longenbach is concerned with poetic repression born of the need to appear wise, to deny grief in the service of a narrow appreciation for beauty; my own beef with the NFs includes this, but extends to their exclusion of history & the political from their poetry. Just too messy, you know.