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I enjoyed this collection of essays and used it as a recommendation bible for discovering some new-to-me poets--a task that is almost insurmountably difficult when you move away from college into a small town where poetry is unappreciated. This collection contains a good number of clear-headed explorations of difficult poetry--Brust articulates himself well and his appreciation of the works he discusses is never dulled, as is so often the case in academic books. While I sincerely enjoyed most of the essays, he does appreciate a slightly different type of poetry than I do, and so there were less leads than I'd hoped for.