Gil Orlovitz Gerald Stern - Essay

Gerald Stern

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

To write about Gil Orlovitz's poetry is difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, there doesn't exist a common or overriding generalized attitude, or perception, of the poetry. That is, there is not a critical or literary "posture" the way there is with, say, Cummings, or Lowell. It is not only a question of Cummings and Lowell being better known, or that there is a critical body of literature surrounding, and supporting, them. I think it has to do as well with Orlovitz's poetry itself, its complexity and diversity….

[Another] difficulty in writing about Orlovitz is that the position assumed in his poems, the posture, the moral stance, the mostly public communicable part of it, has to do to...

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