It is sadly appropriate that our memorial for Fred Morgan should coincide with what has become an annual event in our publishing schedule: a special issue focusing on poetry. We are pleased that David Yezzi, a former Associate Editor of The New Criterion and now the director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, has returned to edit the poetry and the essays on poetry that we feature in this issue. In addition, we are proud to publish Eric Ormsby’s brilliant reflections on the institution of poetry as part of our year-long series, “Lengthened Shadows: America and Its Institutions in the Twenty-first Century.” It pleases us to think that Fred Morgan would have delighted in this celebration of and admonition about American poetry.

 

This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 22 Number 8, on page 4
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