Anecdotal Evidence: `The Shadow of the Waxwing Slain'
That this blog is named Anecdotal Evidence is apt. For all the free-flowing chatter about poetry, the one-phrase write-off of Larry Levis, (to some, to many, one of the most important poets of his generation,) seems to be itself a flat pronouncement rooted in an autobiographical perspective.
Still, the stuff about the birds themselves, the examples of how they work their way into poetry is a good jumping-off point for an assignment that employs research and story.
The rest of the blog does have some fun anecdotes, passages, observations by someone who is obviously a passionate reader.