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Published in GREAT PLAINS QUARTERLY 25:3 (Summer 2005). Copyright © 2005 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Weldon Kees as a person, the decentralization of artistic myths, and various issues involving the demography of the arts are some of the central concerns of this essay collection. Such inquiry suggests that Kees criticism could be productively pursued in the context of individuals such as Midwestern critic Gene Swenson and might help explain why the book's comparisons of Kees with many of his New York peers ends up being unproductive.