Archive | December, 2004

Justice’s Sentimental Journey

In Memoriam: Donald Justice (1925-2004)

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

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Thumbing at leisure through Donald Justice’s poems, one encounters several worthy candidates for an imagined memorial reading.… continue reading...

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Best Books of 2004: The CPR Awards

 

Book of the Year: The Collected Poems of Donald Justice (Knopf)

Runner-Up: Second Space by Czeslaw Milosz (Ecco). Inner Voices: Selected Poems by Richard Howard (FSG).… continue reading...

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In Memoriam: Hugh Kenner

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003)

As Reviewed By: James Rother

Just barely octogenarian (but grown wispy), Hugh Kenner, like the Romantic correspondent breeze he so adamantly eschewed in the prolonged swath through modernist studies he cut like a mighty wind, slipped away a year ago this past month, a legend diminished but certainly not obscured by the marginalizations heaped upon him in recent years.… continue reading...

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The Achievements of Anthony Hecht

Collected Earlier Poems by Anthony Hecht. Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

Collected Later Poems by Anthony Hecht. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

As Reviewed By: Jan Schreiber

For years I resisted the temptation to sum up Anthony Hecht’s work as a single, completed whole.… continue reading...

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In Memoriam: Thom Gunn

Thomson William “Thom” Gunn (1929-2004)

As Reviewed By: Ernest Hilbert

It will be frequently remarked elsewhere that the past year saw many fine poets cross the bar, but only one of them devoted huge energies to poems about young men crossing barroom floors.… continue reading...

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The Many Truths of Michael Donaghy

Michael Donaghy (1954-2004)

As Reviewed By: Katy Evans-Bush

Imagine growing up in a society where one’s first and only experience of music occurred in a schoolroom, where the beauty of music was meticulously analysed and explained to you and where you were judged by your ability to explain it in turn.

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Czeslaw Milosz, an American

In Memoriam: Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)

As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken

In Letters from an American Farmer, frontier agrarian J. Hector St. John de Crevècoeur posits that

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavor of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.

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