Archive | February, 2004

Macbeth in Venice: D. H. Tracy on William Logan

William Logan’s sixth book of poems, whose binding falls apart on the second reading (shame on you, Penguin), sits atop a pile of even, well-turned work, and it’s worth recapitulating how he got here.  His début, Sad-faced Men (1982), was the notebook of a close observer nudging his findings toward the figurative without much overt […]

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“Than Longen Folk to Goon on Pilgrimages”

A Meditation on Pilgrimage and Poetry As Reviewed By: Alfred Corn Oxfordshire: A contingent of scholars from the University of Tulsa has come to Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, to spend a month in relative seclusion while working on private projects and participating in a series of seminars designed to foster interdepartmental collegiality. Actually, the current […]

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August Kleinzahler & Anger Management

Red Sauce, Whiskey & Snow. FSG, 1996. Green Sees Things in Waves. FSG, 1999. Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems 1975-1990. FSG, 2000. The Strange Hours Travelers Keep. FSG, 2004. As Reviewed By: Alfred Corn August Kleinzahler seems to have begun writing poetry in the early 1970s, publishing with small presses until the […]

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No Kidding: Two Debut Volumes

The Calligraphy Shop by Ben Downing. Zoo Press, 2003. Paper, $14.95. 46 pages. The Hidden Model by David Yezzi. Triquarterly Books/Northwestern, 2003. Hardcover $39.95; paper, $11.95. 72 pages. As Reviewed By: Alfred Corn The Hidden Model by David Yezzi. Triquarterly Books/Northwestern, 2003. Hardcover $39.95; paper, $11.95. 72 pages. Inflation of the value of the New […]

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Robert Lowell in Fourteen Lines

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken In sundry moods, ‘twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground… -William Wordsworth More than a decade ago, over lunch with a mentor, I was discussing […]

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An Interview with Herb Leibowitz: Editor of Parnassus

Parnassus: Poetry in Review As Interviewed By: Christopher Bakken Interviewer’s Note: Since 1973, Herbert Leibowitz has edited Parnassus: Poetry in Review, maintaining (along with his famously high standards) a publication that has proven essential to contemporary poetry and to those who read and write it. Printed twice a year, the magazine provides a home for […]

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Passing Facts: Reviewing Lowell’s Reviewers

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Aaron Baker “The Return of Robert Lowell,” James Fenton titled his recent essay in The New York Review of Books, which invites the question-but where ever did Lowell go? Or, more problematically, […]

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The Strangeness of James Dickey

Crux: The Letters of James Dickey edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Judith S. Baughman. Knopf, 1999. James Dickey: The World as a Lie by Henry Hart. Picador, 2000. Sorties, Journals and New Essays by James Dickey. Doubleday, 1971. Summer of Deliverance by Christopher Dickey. Simon & Schuster, 1998. The Whole Motion: Collected Poems 1945-1992 […]

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