Archive | December, 2006

Best Books of 2006: The CPR Awards

  Book of the Year: Not for Specialists: New & Selected Poems by W. D. Snodgrass (BOA Editions). What happened to Snodgrass? After winning the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for his first book, the “confessional school” landmark Heart’s Needle, his career stalled. As William Logan has written, among living poets “none has suffered so peculiar a […]

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Soft & Hard Surrealism

As Reviewed By: Jack Foley Madonna Septet by Ivan Argüelles. Potes & Poets Press: 2000. Musica Humana by Ilya Kaminsky. Chapiteau Press: 2002. After by Jane Hirshfield. HarperCollins: 2006. Beau comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d’une machine à coudre et d’un parapluie. (“Beautiful, like the chance encounter of a sewing machine […]

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Cole Porter: The Devil Divine

As Reviewed By: Jack Foley Cole Porter: Selected Lyrics. Edited by Robert Kimball. American Poets Project/The Library of America, 2006. If I were Lord Byron, I’d write you, sweet siren, A poem inspirin’… A killer-dilleroo! Too bad I’m no poet… I happen to know it… -Cole Porter, “Ev’rything I Love,” (a song not included in the Selected […]

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