“The trouble with most poetry, the trouble with most poems, is that they are too full of brilliant things. The poet says a brilliant thing, then he says another brilliant thing, another and another and another. There is always some sense in which these brilliant things fight each other. What the really great poet does is work toward one overwhelming image or action. He creates a wholeness, in which the elements do not clash, and so leaves the reader with one overwhelming impression rather than a series of striking fragments.”
—James Dickey, from “Journals” in Part 1 of Sorties (Louisiana State University Press, 1984)
Police are now poetry critics. Savaging both Hess, his wife, and Geoffrey O’Brien.
H/t TR Hummer.