on the sideline

Trust that critic who has no claim on being an artist.


Joseph Hutchison said...

So this means I have to trust Marjorie Perloff? Say it ain't so!

JforJames said...

I didn't say you had to agree with him/her. I think that Perloff is brilliant and often insightful, but I disagree with her on many counts, too. A 'critic pure', so to speak, I suppose is no less likely than a 'poet critic' to be subject to certain aesthetic prejudices. (Vendler being the bookend opposite of Perloff.) But I'd like to think so...at least he/she presumably isn't vested in promoting her/his literary pals.