Ten books of poetry form August Kleinzahler’s oeuvrethis 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 tastesand more specifically his mediocre anthology of verse
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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.