The Anthologist (Simon & Schuster)
The polymath Nicholson Baker has been able to create a version of himself in the figure of Paul Chowder, an accomplished poet. Chowder likes poetry that rhymes and follows a regular metric — enough of all that free verse (they're "plums" not poems). Baker declares his affiliation with Chowder—and even sings.
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