Archive | March, 2010

“Pacifier” by X. J. Kennedy

[private]her night thoughts My baby wails. That I may rest I offer him a rubber breast And soon as waves by oil suppressed, He quiets. An underhanded trick Yet practical and politic- He cries for bread. I give him brick, But when night circles round to four I open to him like a door And […]

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More Hits from the Bishop Jukebox

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: Carol Bere “I wish I had written a great deal more. Sometimes I think if I had been born a man, I probably would […]

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Letters to the Editor – March 2010

Editor’s Note The Contemporary Poetry Review is pleased to publish selected letters to the magazine, some of which have been edited for content and clarity. The editor can be contacted here. Concerning: Joan Houlihan on First Lines I liked Joan Houlihan’s piece on first lines. How right she is to emphasize their importance. Whether as […]

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The Most Unlikely Muse: Bill Ripley

As Reviewed By: David J. Rothman Read David Rothman’s elegy here: “Going Like Hello” “All I want to do is have a little fun before I die.” -Bill Ripley “All I want to do is have a little fun Before I die,” says the man next to me Out of nowhere, apropos of nothing.He says […]

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Being at Ease

Taking the Occasion by Daniel Brown. Ivan R. Dee, 2008. Reviewed By: John Foy In a market flooded with poetry, and so much of it so poorly made, you need a reason to pick up a new book. Why waste time? Well, there are a few good reasons to look into Daniel Brown’s book, Taking […]

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The Tell-Tale Line

Word Comix by Charlie Smith. Norton, 2009. The History of Forgetting by Lawrence Raab. Penguin, 2009. Blind Rain by Bruce Bond. Louisiana State University Press, 2008. Trust by Liz Waldner. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009. As Reviewed By: Joan Houlihan Previews for a movie, or a trailer, usually tell me what I need to […]

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Philip Larkin and Happiness

On “Born Yesterday” For those familiar with Philip Larkin’s work, the title of this short essay will seem to offer a juxtaposition so improbable as to be laugh-out-loud funny-rather like that old joke staple, the tiny book titled German Humor, or the admittedly unlikely prospect of a panel at a New Formalist conference on “The […]

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An Agenda for Critics: Judgment

As Reviewed By: Jan Schreiber The task of the critic is judgment. I hope to unravel the complexities of judgment, as it applies to works of literature, and specifically to poetry. Those who imagine judgment to be a simple matter need only perform a small exercise to convince themselves otherwise. In the fourth act of […]

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