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Sleeping It Off in Rapid City

Book Digest Ten books of poetry form August Kleinzahler’s oeuvre—this edition samples from them as well as adding a few. Kleinzahler is famous (at least in poetry circles) for a Poetry magazine screed against Garrison Keillor’s middlebrow tastes—and more specifically his mediocre anthology of verse. One review quotes Yeats: “Out of the quarrel with others, we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves poetry,” and commends Kleinzahler’s mastery of both.
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