Monday, June 28, 2010

The Anthologist

If we could just--just stop. For one year. If everybody could stop publishing their poems. No more. Stop it. Just--everyone. Every poet. Just stop.

That's a paragraph from page 19 of Nicholson Baker's The Anthologist, which I'm reading now.

The speaker, Paul Chowder, a poetry critic, is clearly tired, and he's posing the question from a tired person's perspective.

But what if it were to happen? Perhaps this is a picture of that world:

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