Writing About Tom Raworth In 1972


These poems by Tom Raworth aren’t about

anything I can grasp.  I wrote that

in second aeon’s voluminous reviews  

declaring most of the verses to be short and

very very cryptic        I hadn’t learned not

to double adj back then     I go on to say that the poet  

has deployed all the elements in a sort of soup

leaving no holds to hang onto.

We should go back,  I say,  not on

in our search amid the trackless

shimmering.      The others though,

the academics and the lit critics,

insisted it was there    what we sought. 

Like op art.     Flickering.      It’s just.

that I couldn’t see it.     Not then.




Peter Finch


Tom Raworth reads from Lion, Lion, at San Francisco State, 1976 —The Poetry Center





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One Response to Writing About Tom Raworth In 1972

    1. First encounter with Tom, really like these …. thanks

      Comment by Steven Taylor on 27 February, 2024 at 8:42 am

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