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The seeds of National Poetry Month began to germinate when the former executive director of the Academy of American Poets, William Wadsworth, studied at Columbia University with the late Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, whose COLLECTED POEMS IN ENGLISH has been on many shelves since its 2000 publication; now a biography has appeared. While Brodsky defected from his native Russia and became a fan of many things American, our native suspicion—and even dislike—of poetry stunned him. Russia regularly
I mistakenly bought this book thinking it was a biography. The title alone should have alerted me to its being a work of literary criticism. As much as I love poetry and T.S. Eliot's, there are too many other books of genres I find more engaging that I want to read than to see myself working my way through this very academic tome in the foreseeable future.