chemistry doesn't influence our reading

Sina Queyras: Is there a quality you are looking for in a review that you haven’t found?

Ange Mlinko: What Daisy Fried said: "I wish there were more reviewers who were articulate about poems and really showed what it is to have an individual human response to an individual work of art."...

Reviews generally don't answer the big question, which is: what makes us fall in love with one poet rather than another? The question of taste runs up against the same mystery as romantic love does. We explain the latter by "chemistry," but chemistry doesn't influence our reading. Or does it?

- from the "On Reviewing" series on the Lemon Hound blog. Read the whole Q+A here.

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