Robert Pinsky on James McMichaels's The World at Large: New and Collected Poems
James McMichaels's The World at Large: New and Collected Poems is published by the University of Chicago Press. It is a great book. In a period when many poets are all trying to be original in the one same way, McMichael is truly and absolutely original, without seeming to fuss or strain at it at all.
His long poem, "Four Good Things" is one of the profound works of our time in any genre.This writing is not easy, though it is always attractive, and the reward for the reader is the reward of true art.