Stacy Doris writes
that her extraordinary book is very conservative. Who's she kidding? And
why? Is it because her themes are love and poetic form and its heroes
her husband and the palindrome? Doris's treatment of her themes and forms
is radically different from poem to poem and most contemporary practice.
Maybe her cornucopia's conservative because her themes, references and
characters were inspired by Euro-American literature and other culture,
ancient and modern, "high" and "low"--Ovid and St.
John of the Cross; D.H. Lawrence and Harper's Bazaar; Mozart, Joyce,
and Michael Jackson. Such conservatism yields the most radical works.
As if that mattered.