Raymond P. Hammond
Hammond is the author of Poetic Amusement. Originally written in 2000 as his Master's thesis, Poetic Amusement was passed around underground as a digital file for ten years among those associated with the New York Quarterly. What began as Hammond's observations of the influence of "po' biz" and writing programs on contemporary American poetry became a timeless treatise on poetry itself. Using his experience with NYQ and devouring many literary critics across the ages from the ancient Greeks to contemporary critics, Hammond examines at once both our current literary environment and the essence of poetry. In seeking to answer the questions "What is poetry?" and "Where does poetry come from?" for himself, he encourages readers to ask those questions for and of themselves as well.
Review of Poetic Amusement
- Interview: Raymond Hammond of The New York Quarterly in The Abbeville Manual of Style, August 11, 2008
- Meet the Press: Nin Andrews interviews Raymond Hammond, editor of NYQ Books and The New York Quarterly in The Best American Poetry Blog, December 11, 2010
- Guest Interview: Melanie Huber Speaks With New York Quarterly Editor Raymond Hammond in Savvy Verse & Wit, March 4, 2011
- A Poetry Editor Reveals the Secrets of the Trade: Raymond Hammond on How to Fix the Current Poetry Paradigm, Huffington Post, December 11, 2011
- Crohn, David. "It's Great About Ray: The rise, demise and rebirth of a downtown litmag." Our Town downtown, September 11, 2006, p. 31.
- Hart, Laura. Roanoke College Magazine, Issue Number 2, 2006, pp. 24-27.
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