Poet, teacher & critic
I had some mildly disparaging thoughts run through my head on hearing this. He's a bit tart for my liking (not a tart, of course, like P. Muldoon or ancient Ashbery), but if he were a beer he'd be all hops and not much malt. (Orval perhaps). Poems that are lyric short, but not that lyrical.But I took down 'frightening toys' and realised that he was much better than I remembered, in an origami kind of way.
Hi Carrie! I wrote a longish post about this... I too was refreshed when I looked into his poetry again - and, strangely, found it LESS tart than I'd remembered.