Praise for William Logan"The preeminent poet-critic of his generation."--Kirkus Reviews "William Logan is the best practical critic around."--Christian Wiman, Poetry "Who's the Best Poetry Critic in America? His name I can mention. William Logan."--James Wolcott "In an age with no standards, when everything is wonderful because that's the nature of diversity and when only the brashest among us dare offer a dissenting opinion about the quality of anyone else's work, William Logan's voice is refreshing. Few critics have been as memorably acerb as Randall Jarrell."--Neal Bowers, Sewanee Review "Arguably the most industrious and notorious poet-critic to brandish that hyphen like a knife between his teeth since his acknowledged master Randall Jarrell."--David Barber, New York Times Book Review Praise for The Undiscovered Country"Our wittiest critic of contemporary verse lets loose one lethal shaft after another."--James Marcus, Newsday Praise for Our Savage Art"Over the past twenty years, the poet William Logan has acquired a reputation as 'the most dangerous poetry critic' in America."--Jordan Davis, Times Literary Supplement Want to know the state of contemporary poetry? Open this wonderful collection of criticism at any point and just start reading... Logan's criticism is filled with both insight and delight, revealing him as our 21st-century Samuel Johnson. Library Journal (starred review) [Logan's] sentences crackle with insight, intelligence, wit, and the despair of a prophet who sees the estate of poetry in ruins. Booklist Rich, allusive, and pleasurable. -- Craig Morgan Teicher Georgia Review Those who aspire to the study or practice of 'our savage art' could do no better than read this and Logan's other collections; they are a masterclass in how to read. -- Duncan Wu Times Higher Education Infuriating and charming in turns, Logan--poet, critic, and reviewer of poetry--is never uninteresting... Recommended. Choice The "guilty pleasure" of reading these reviews is how well they are written, and how funny they often are. -- David Starkey Santa Barbara Independent
About the Author
William Logan is the author of ten volumes of poetry and five books of essays and reviews, including The Undiscovered Country, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Among his other honors are the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, and the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is Alumni/ae Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching-Scholar.