The Press: Critic Under Fire

When a magazine hires a poet to review poetry, it hopes for authority. But it may also invite violent opinions and firm prejudices. Latest case in point: John Ciardi, 40, Boston-born, Tufts-educated poet, critic, and professor. When, in the course of his side job as poetry editor of the Saturday Review, a new book of verse by Anne Morrow Lindbergh—The Unicorn and Other Poems—came across his desk last month. Critic Ciardi communed with Poet Ciardi and then, in 1,500 sulphuric words, poured damnation on it. "I can certainly sense the human emotion that...

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