Gil Orlovitz Hale Chatfield - Essay

Hale Chatfield

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The chief obstacles to any immediate appreciation of Orlovitz's poems are their considerable "difficulty" and the fact that he regularly offends our age's bias against puns. It is the latter of these obstacles that is undoubtedly the more momentous, for not only does the contemporary eye regard even the best of puns as brothers to the cliché, but it looks askance at all wordplay and persuades the intelligence that so much spectacle may serve to mask a poverty of substance, that so energetic an appearance can function to obscure many an effete reality. When the eye bugs and the intellect boggles at a poet's technique, what is needed for effective communication is either a bold and obvious poetic content...

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