Mark Scroggins, so much better acquainted with Zukofsky's poetry than I am, responds.
Zukofsky's turn, as Mark describes it, will probably (hopefully) be understood & appreciated more in future.
Odd juxtaposition, for me, between these poet issues, & the essay by Louis Menand on Edmund Wilson in NYorker this week. Menand describes with what brilliance & acumen Wilson understood & loved the Big Moderns like Joyce & Proust - & yet felt they had taken a wrong turn, into aesthetic narcissism, art for art's sake.
Raises a lot of questions which I can't formulate right now.