Glück on the reader’s approach to realism and fantasy

Since college I’ve admired the poetry of Louise Glück, reigning U.S. Poet Laureate, but I don’t recall encountering her criticism.

Luckily, the latest Threepenny Review features a brief but enchanting essay from Glück on realism. She kicks it off this way: “It is entirely possible that I have never had an accurate sense of what is called realism in that I do not, as a reader, discriminate between it and fantasy. (Via The Mumpsimus, where Matthew Cheney provides brief excerpts of Threepenny Review essays on realism from Tobias Wolff and others.)


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