Archive | July, 2004

Tricks to Set the River On Fire: Feigned Eloquence in Lowell

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. I. When considering Lowell, it is customary to invoke his best critic, Randall Jarrell-a convention that may be forgiven, but not without qualms, since the latter poet did not survive […]

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The Yellow Pages of Poetry: Notes on the New Norton

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Third Edition), edited by Jahan Ramazani. Give me a look, give me a face That makes simplicity a grace; Robes loosely flowing, hair as free; Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all th’adulteries of art. They strike mine eyes, but not […]

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A Terrible Beauty

As Reviewed By: Joan Houlihan Lunch, by D.A. Powell. Wesleyan University Press, 2000. 62 pages. paper, $12.95 Tea, by D.A. Powell. Wesleyan University Press, 1998. 71 pages. paper, $19.95 Cocktails, by D.A. Powell, Graywolf Press, 2004. 66 pages. paper, $14.00 In the world of cross-cut, jump-cut, cut-up and uncut poetry over the past five or […]

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The Pages of the Future

Let me begin by saying that I am not a great advocate of all Internet uses of poetry. Books tend to work just fine, most of the time, and I continue to enjoy the look and feel of literary magazines of all sorts. However, even modest developments in technology have engendered incredible advantages for poets, editors, and readers, primarily as a means of rapid and affordable distribution.

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