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The Alamo by Micheal Lind

The Alamo

by Micheal Lind

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Let me get this straight--a 300-page epic poem about the Alamo, written for the most part in archaic and elevated pentameters? Given the sheer perversity of such a task, Michael Lind is probably as good a choice as any. After all, he was enough of a contrarian to defect from his neoconservative mentors at the height of their influence. So why shouldn't he take a shot at resuscitating the Homeric epic? The result, alas, is pretty tough sledding. Even his best lines have a musty formality to them, as if they'd been dictated by an equestrian statue. And while you have to give Lind credit for packaging an enormous amount of historical information--and for sheer ambition--even the most ardent Davy Crockett fans are going to find it hard to swallow lines such as ". . . Anglo-American/Texans, the majority,/now fear for their security." Not to mention their rhyming dictionaries.

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