Sunday, 23 April 2000

From "Off the Grid: Lyric and Politics in Andrea Brady's Embrace"

by John Wilkinson.

In a 2006 radio interview with Charles Bernstein, Milne discounted the possibility of a politically effective lyric poetry. He argued that lyric could only influence the conditions within which critique might take place and deplored poetry committed to political intervention as "illusory escapism" that substituted for "messy pragmatic struggle." This position is not so far from W. H. Auden's when he contemplated the poetic attitudinizing of his youth.

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