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Radical verse versus the poetic traditions | Letters

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Poetry that breaks the rules is not the only poetry worth reading, argues Richard Meier

How could one not welcome, as Fiona Sampson does (Review, 14 September), the fact that “at long last, diverse voices and experiences are getting a proper hearing” in poetry.

Her views that “new work in every genre is demonstrating impatience with older, static verse forms” and that the “best new writing has a kind of velocity that seems to burst open the traditional idea of single poems pinned and mounted on the page” are more questionable, however.

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