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WHATCHA GONNA DO?
When they say your language is PLUSH?
"The plush language and potentially captivating narrative are dulled by excessive sentimentality."
"Kathryn Stripling Byer’s poems in COMING TO REST are often indulgently sweet.
Byer continues the poem in this fashion, with overwritten lines like, “I’m trapped in a coma / of middle-aged dullness” that evoke frustration rather than sympathy."
OH, WHAT'S A POET TO DO?
Hey, lighten up, says Lord Byron (our dog), lap-dancing in the easy chair! What do reviewers know? Dance the flamenco and forget about i!
And be grateful for a few crumbs of praise! Woof, woof!
"On rare occasions, her sentimentality is successful."
Dance, dance, and this goes for everyone who's ever been rejected by a magazine, ever gotten a bad review, or ever not gotten a grant from either the NEA or the Guggenheim Foundation, or whatever local or state arts council.
(Or like Marilyn, had a book treated indifferently by an English Department. )
Causes Kathryn Byer Supports
Any environmental causes to keep our Southern mountains and our planet from devastation. Conservation Trust of North Carolina Nature Conservancy ADC,com...