Anne Boyer whose book, ART IS WAR, from the awesome Mitzvah Chaps, packs a punch, and who wrote other notable books and some poems and a krazy kewl website/metaphor for poetry (?) also runs a site where she explores Books Of Poetry in an invigorating and edifying way. It’s not terribly new, but I just read it for the first time. From the sidebar:
The useful thing about books of poetry is you can’t argue with them. They are like leaves or codfish. Who argues with leaves or cod? One can do several of some things with them: notice them, ignore them, destroy them, replicate them, alter them, or cause others to notice them:
look at this poetry book. look at this leaf. look at this cod.
There is this thing you could also do: “to like” or “dislike.” To like or dislike seems as if it is the most overdone activity of all of these activities, that mutual hallucination of a world in which our thumbs matter: hello war, up up up up/or down.