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United States author Timothy Steele has been quoted by literary critic Cynthia Haven as saying that “after a century of experiment, being traditional has become cutting edge.” A serious attempt to rescue modern poetry through a neo-formalist, neo-classicist movement may in fact be noticed emerging in the late ’80s and ’90s. After 100 years of throwing the traditional overboard, Steele’s books attempt to teach a “lost language” to a new generation. “Iambic pentameter,” he says, “now there’s an idea whose time has come!” One of his latest books is All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification (Ohio U. Press, 1999).
Established in ’85 and ’89 respectively, MBooks (my small press) and The Eclectic Muse (my poetry magazine) have ground to feel encouraged, to celebrate, to believe that our authentic rhyme-revival, real neo-classicist revival, and neo-formalism, enshrined within a fundamentally eclectic publishing philosophy, are not only on the cutting edge of things, but were actually prophetic over 15 years ago of what is happening at the dawn of the 21st Century. Unfortunately, after so many people threw traditional writing overboard, after so many experiments ended in disillusion and failure, discrimination was practiced against authors like myself regarding employment in salaried positions. For myself, this was despite the fact that my vision was prophetic as early as 1972. I feel that their loss was greater…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).
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