The Hatred of Poetry

Ben Lerner

Buy book

2 Fragments (saved in 2017)

The more abysmal the experience of the actual, the greater the implied heights of the virtual.

Our contempt for any particular poem must be perfect, be total, because only a ruthless reading that allows us to measure the gap between the actual and the virtual will enable to to experience, if not a genuine poem—no such thing—a place for the genuine, whatever that might mean.