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James Merrill reads from The Voice of the Poet

The Emerald

The Emerald

 

Bold Type's Poetry Editor Ernest Hilbert writes on Merrill: "If his poems appear to be so symmetrically ornate as to be almost grotesque in an era that was dominated by shabby, self-indulgent, and often irresponsibly political poems, they may be saved by this same fact. Merrill once posed the question 'think what one has to do to get a mass audience. I'd rather have one perfect reader. Why dynamite the pond in order to catch that single silver carp?'"

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