Words of Love reviewed at the Poetry Foundation

Words_Of_Love_Mark_Rutkoski_Front_CoverIn an extended review at the Poetry Foundation, K. Silem Mohammed discusses Mark Rutkoski’s Words of Love and the interesting demands that this kind of conceptual writing makes of its readers.  Rutkoski’s text “can only be interpreted as a whole, not part by part,” Mohammed writes.  He goes on:

And this is not really poetic interpretation as ordinarily conceived. As I’ve said, I can’t help reading as an interpreter, but I’m also constantly made aware of how specious an activity this is, and this in turn might lead me to speculation about the speciousness of other, supposedly more “legitimate” forms of interpretation that I perform habitually on other texts.

Read the rest of the review here.

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