In one example, Mr. Hollander, writing a rave review in The New York Times Book Review of the collected poems of Jay Wright, an African-American poet, referred to “cultures without literatures — West African, Mexican and Central American.” And in an interview on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” a reporter paraphrased Mr. Hollander as contending “there isn’t much quality work coming from nonwhite poets today.”The concerns and displeasure of some of the poetic "gurus" are understandable considering the virulent comments above by Mr. Hollander, however, the "Frost Medal" is indeed given on a poet's overall merit as a poet, a life time achievement of his dedicated contributions to the world of poetry, and literature overall. Same logic applies to Gunter Grass and Ezra Pound's contribution to literature. Resignations and counter-resignations of high-profile "poetic gurus" resemble despotic and quarreling kids' endless fighting just before the summer vacation is over.
Link to The New York Times Article:
Poetry Prize Sets Off Resignations at Society