Archive | July, 2010

Further News from the Rear 

Chinese Whispers by John Ashbery. FSG, 2002. $22.00.

As Reviewed By: James Rother

The career of John Ashbery continues the poetic perpetuum mobile of our time.… continue reading...

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No More than Offhanded Grace Miraculously Transformed into an Ormulu…

New British Poetry. Edited by Don Paterson and Charles Simic. Graywolf Press, 2005. $16

As Reviewed By: James Rother

It’s been a while since the relative healthiness of relations between poets on this side of the pond and those still lodged in the mother country have been top priorities with editors of American literary journals.… continue reading...

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Wrought Fiery-Hot Upon a Grillwork of Transformations

Western Art by Deborah Greger. Penguin Poets Series, 2004. $18.

As Reviewed By: James Rother

Debora Greger is one of those poets who can’t help obsessing about art’s hidden agenda—the one lurking beneath layers of veneration which for centuries have surrounded art with more awe and wonder than anything outside of revealed religion.… continue reading...

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The Swirling Crosswinds of a Made-up Metric

Alan Williamson, The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems. University of Chicago Press, 2004. 245 pp.

As Reviewed By: James Rother

At your next party, try this on your poetry-loving guests.… continue reading...

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Englishing Ovid

Concerning Some Recent Versions of the Metamorphoses by Ovid.

As Reviewed By: James Rother

[Unless otherwise attributed, all translations are the author’s.]

It is remarkable, but hardly strange, that the works of Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (better known as Ovid [43 B.C.-17 A.D.], and spanning the emperies of Augustus and Tiberius), have been enjoying a revival lately, with translations into English of the most famous of his poems, Metamorphoses, nearly matching those of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey over the last few decades.… continue reading...

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The Celebrations of Life Aren’t Over Yet

Painting the House by Bibhu Padhi. Hyderabad: Orient Longman. 1999. 79 pp.

In Indian English poetry Bibhu Padhi belongs to the second generation of post-Independence poets.… continue reading...

Posted in April 2004: Indian Poetry in English, ReviewsComments (1)

Spinning the Web

Bare Face by Jayanta Mahapatra. Kottayam: DC Books (India), 2000. $7.95.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K. Swain

Today, when India is known abroad more for her fiction than her poetry, Jayanta Mahapatra’s sixteenth volume, Bare Face, arrives.… continue reading...

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A Home Away from Home

Uncollected Poems and Prose by A. K. Ramanujan. Edited by Molly Daniels-Ramanujan and Keith Harrison. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K.continue reading...

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The Lost Children of America 

A Poem by Jayanta Mahapatra



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Speak, Ranjit

Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, edited by Ranjit Hoskote. Viking (New Delhi) 2002. 148 pages. 195 Rupees.

As Reviewed By: Rabindra K. Swain

“For a time,” warns Michael Roberts in his introduction to the first edition of the influential anthology The Faber Book of Modern Verse, “the false poem may be more popular than the true one could have been.” More than anybody else, it is the anthologist who must guard himself against self-deception in his principles of selection.… continue reading...

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