Archive | February, 2005

Letters to a Young Poet: Rilke’s Non-Correspondence School

“The letter that is sent is never the letter that is received.” —Lacan As Reviewed By: Daniel Bosch Rilke never held a teaching post. We have no cache of syllabi, no workshop guidelines, and though in his letters he expressed quite a lot of readerly enthusiasm, there is no definitive Rilkean reading list, no Rilkean […]

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Rising from the Ashes: the Restored Ariel

Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath. HarperCollins. 240 pages. $24.95 As Reviewed By: Carol Bere Sylvia Plath may have passed through the doors of B. Altman & Co., the elegant department store on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in New York, during her stint as guest editor at Mademoiselle in June l953. The vestiges […]

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Within the Jurisdiction of Form

Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002. As Reviewed By: Carol Bere Seamus Heaney is probably the most universally known Irish poet today. He has won all the big races, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, and a cursory trawl through a library catalogue or the Internet suggests that Heaney […]

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Callbacks: A Survey of Second Books

Voluntary Servitude by Mark Wunderlich. Graywolf Press, 2004. A Companion for Owls by Maurice Manning. Harcourt, 2004. shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities by Olena Kalytiak Davis. Bloomsbury, 2003. Blue Venus by Lisa Russ Spaar. Persea Books. 2004. As Reviewed By: Aaron Baker F. Scott Fitzgerald famously remarked that there […]

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