June 12, 2003

Leibowitz, Herbert
[FREN BC3042] 20th Century Poetry

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

They brought this fellow in becase of the unfortunate death of Kenneth Koch. He is a knowlodgeable and affable fellow but is rather horrible as a professor. His grasp of the poets covered is wonderful, but he simply has no idea of how the process of teaching them should go. His classes are disorganized, disjointed and rather boring. He has no concept of the appropriate structure for a college class. He passed out term paper topics during one of his Elizabeth Bishop sessions, and never mentioned the bloody things again until the session before they were due! I ended up churning out ten pages in a caffeine and beaujolais spiked frenzy, but the whole thing was severely damaging to my psyche. The final was rather entertaining, though (in spite of the fact that I took it while as hungover as Robert Lowell on the day after Mardi Gras), and I managed an A in the class. Still the whole affair was rather stressful and insane, and I suggest avoiding it.

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who knows what he'll come up with next year.