Robert Pinsky on Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has a new column up at Slate about kvetching poets:

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

The Yiddish verb for complaining, kvetch—literally to squeeze or to crush—has an onomatopoetic quality to my ear. All of those consonant sounds, squashed into a single syllable, surrounding the explosive grunt of the short […]