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. … continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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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.continue reading...

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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.continue reading...

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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 a sonnet sequence I’d been torturing myself and my friends with for months.… continue reading...

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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.… continue reading...

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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?… continue reading...

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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.
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