You ought to be ashamed (but aren't): Elizabeth Bishop and the subject of lyric -- Something for someone: Anne Sexton, interpretation, and the shame of the confessional -- "Speaking in effect": identifying (with) Bernadette Mayer's shamed expressive practice -- Tired of myself: the 1990s & the 'lyric' shame poem -- afterword.
Gillian White argues that the poetry wars among critics and practitioners are shaped by "lyric shame"--An unspoken but pervasive embarrassment over what poetry is, should be, and fails to be. "Lyric" is less a specific genre than a way to project subjectivity onto poems--an idealized poem that is nowhere and yet everywhere.
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