John Erhardt lives in Western Massachusetts where he teaches technical and creative writing at UMASS, as well as courses in the Novel and in Baseball Literature. He has published criticism in Slope and Rain Taxi, and is a former regional coordinator for Poetry In Motion. He has published non-poetry essays on a variety of topics, such as advertising, the history of the toothbrush, and the literature of baseball. As a member of the Society For American Baseball Research, he reviews books for their quarterly newsletter, and is working on the project to compile an index of baseball-related poems.

Confusion As An Operating Principle: Cort Day, Geoffrey Nutter, and the Contemporary “Sonnet-esque” Sequence

As Reviewed By: John Erhardt

The Chime by Cort Day
Alice James Books ($11.95)

A Summer Evening by Geoffrey Nutter
Colorado/Center For Literary Publishing ($14.95)

At some point, poets stopped writing about what they knew and began writing about what they didn’t know (I can’t think of a single good reason to try and pinpoint an exact time period for this; it was a rather gradual change, and the ensuing debate if I got it wrong would be neither productive nor trustworthy).… continue reading...