Prac Crit

Jack Belloli

Jack Belloli’s poetry and criticism have appeared in Pomegranate, YPN and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. His first chapbook is not being angelic (Wide Range, 2012).

‘Poem on 27th Birthday’ – essay by Jack Belloli

Sitting as it does above a poem about a cool, contemporary world, a title like ‘Poem on 27th Birthday’ sounds anachronistic. I hear echoes of ‘A Nocturnall Upon St Lucie’s Day’, ‘Verses On the Death of Dr Swift’ and so on. What role can occasional poetry play, George asks, now that poetry has ceased to happen occasionally? Art and song have become so bound up in other forms of contemporary cultural experience that the critical task of judging how to respond to them – ‘a sc...

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