Looking at work by Frederick Seidel, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Charles Bernstein, among others, Fried’s lecture focuses on the importance of paying attention to, and learning from, poetic aversion. What can our strong reactions tell us about who we are, what our prejudices are made of, and what are the failings and successes in our own work? Ultimately, Fried’s talk is about the limits of taste, the importance of prejudice, and learning to learn from what rubs us all wrong.
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