Archive | December, 2007

Our Steps amid a Ruined Colonnade II: James Matthew Wilson on Expansive Poetry and its Discontents

II          Marble staircases climb the hills where derelict estates               glimmer in the river-brightened dusk . . .               And some are merely left to rot where now               broken stone lions guard a roofless colonnade . . .                                                 —Dana Gioia   Though long anticipated, the recent demise of the respectable Edge City Review […]

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Best Books of 2007: The CPR Awards

Book of the Year: Collected Poems by W. H. Auden, edited by Edward Mendelson (Modern Library). This one is unavoidable. You can’t get around it. You have to go through it. 2007 was a very good year for Auden’s readers. Mendelson’s collection was welcomed with open arms on both sides of the Atlantic. Timed to […]

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Taking Liberties: Louis Zukofsky

As Reviewed By: Jack Foley Louis Zukofsky: Selected Poems. Edited by Charles Bernstein. American Poets Project/The Library of America, 2006. In Ulysses, to depict the babbling of a woman going to sleep, I had sought to end with the least forceful word I could possibly find. I had found the word ‘yes,’ which is barely pronounced, […]

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The Count of the Castle

In Memoriam: Anthony Hecht (1923-2004) As Reviewed By: Preston Merchant When Anthony Hecht first came to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference to teach a summer workshop in the early 1990’s, one of his students was particularly eager to meet him. The man had been a pilot in Vietnam. On one mission, he had lodged a copy […]

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