Thursday, April 22, 2004

You probably do remember his name from Ashbery. If you've ever read Other Traditions, he's one of the authors he talks about there. He was a Bostonian, pretty much a high modernist. Ashbery and others think he's been overlooked, but Wheelright did die very young and only published three books. Actually on the bck of the book Ashbery says he considers Wheelright "one of the major poets of the century, on a level with Crane, Williams, Stevens." That seems a bit excessive. From what I've read so far, the long poems are excellent, but the short ones aren't very exciting and sometimes even plain bad.


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