Archive | July, 2006

This is the Life of the Mind

As Reviewed By: Maria Johnston The Sea Cabinet by Caitríona O’ Reilly. Bloodaxe, £7.95, 61 pp. I am rereading Moby Dick in preparation for the exam deluge tomorrow-am whelmed and wondrous at the swimming Biblical & craggy Shakespearean cadences, the rich & lustrous & fragrant recreation of spermaceti, ambergris-miracle, marvel, the ton-thunderous leviathan. One of my […]

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Pounding the Catalogue

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar A Review of “Ezra Pound in His Time and Beyond: The Influence of Ezra Pound on Twentieth-Century Poetry.” Special Collections Exhibit, University of Delaware Library, curated by Jesse Rossa; catalogue published by the University of Delaware Library. May a woody and sequestered place cover me with its foliage Or may […]

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Resistance and “Sweet Traction”: Heaney as a Poet of the Underground

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar Read “District and Circle” here at The Times Online Seamus Heaney has become so institutionalized that it is virtually impossible for him ever to reclaim outsider status. Yet equivocations at the borderline have always crossed into his best work. Consider: his subsistence as a poet, teacher, and intellectual during the Troubles […]

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A Further Range

Robert Frost’s two-and-a-half year sojourn in England (1912-1915) made him as a poet. After a long apprenticeship in New Hampshire, he placed his first book, A Boy’s Will, with a London publisher, thrilled the Georgian poets with his rustic New England facade, met W. B. Yeats, and cultivated a crucial friendship with English pastoral poet Edward […]

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Three Invitations to a Far Reading

As Reviewed By: Joan Houlihan The To Sound by Eric Baus (Verse Press, 2004) Hat on the Bed by Christine Scanlon (Barrow Street Press, 2005) Figment by Rebecca Wolff (Norton, 2004) The lag time between the appearance of an original, culturally significant art form and the culture’s ability to apprehend it has a long, well-documented […]

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Wages of Fame: The Case of Billy Collins

Collins’s most endearing trait, the one that is most frequently trumpeted by his legions of supporters, is that his poems are, above all, accessible. This is true. They waft over the reader as easily as poems can, and this produces a pleasant sensation, particularly for an initiate of modern poetry who, more likely than not, is actively repelled from the art by its practitioners and their protective devotees. When Collins reads his poems, they become a kind of first-rate entertainment. Collins has traded on his reputation as an available, easily comprehended poet for most of his career, and earns credit for reaching such a formidably large audience. However, unlike other popular poets, such as Maya Angelou, Collins (along with fellow bestseller Mary Oliver) is marketed as if he were among the most critically revered poets of the age.

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A Guilty Pleasure: Reading the Reticence of Elizabeth Bishop

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, edited and annotated by Alice Quinn. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 367 pp., $30. As Reviewed By: Daniel Bosch I. March 24, 2006 I have not read the new volume of writing by Elizabeth Bishop and notes by Alice Quinn, now […]

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Gleanings from the Cutting-Room Floor: Alfred Corn on Elizabeth Bishop

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, edited and annotated by Alice Quinn. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 367 pp., $30. As Reviewed By: Alfred Corn When the American Library edition of the poetry and prose of Wallace Stevens appeared in 1997, editors Frank Kermode and Joan Richardson […]

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The Art of Finding

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, edited and annotated by Alice Quinn. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 367 pp., $30. As Reviewed By: Mariana Houskova Elizabeth Bishop is one of the most famous and beloved American poets, and the publication of her unpublished papers was just a […]

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