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Words of the Day.

Several posts about Jersey happenings still need writing, but in the meantime, here is a quote from theory on modern confessional poetry from the collection Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays, from a chapter by Tracy Brain entitled "Dangerous confessions: The problem of reading Sylvia Plath biographically". I think it applies to all confessional writing and wish people would remember these kinds of questions when attending slams, or, I dunno, talking in class about Plath as the definite speaker in ALL OF HER POEMS when that is so clearly not the point.


Who provides the 'details from
life' of a supposedly confessional
writer that we then base our
reading of their poems upon?
How do we know what 'situations'
were '"real"'?  How can we ever
hope to distinguish the 'extreme
diction and address' that is
prompted by lived events
from a vividly imagined
drama that is the result
of an expertly assumed style?