poetry in an age where the writing of poetry has become either an irrelevance or a commodity. And McClatchy’s love of poetry, Phoebe Pettingell writes, is deeply connected to his sexuality: “If one feels passionately about verse, he keeps saying, then the compulsion to learn as much as one can about a poem one is attracted to has parallels with the pursuit of a beautiful person” (15). As Longenbach concludes, “Mr. McClatchy refuses to allow us to admire him for his verbal dexterity or emotional acuity” (152).
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