Archive | July, 2010

Surveying the Landscape

Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions by Maurice Manning. Yale University Press, 2001.

Small Gods of Grief by Laura-Anne Bosselaar. Boa Editions, 2001.

Saunter by Joshua Mckinney.continue reading...

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Reformulating Forms 

A Close Reading of Two Contemporary Indian Poets

As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar

The world’s largest secular democracy has been exporting its letters in English for a few literary generations, but in the wake of a few luminaries—Rabindranath Tagore or more recently, Arundhati Roy—many strident, lyrical voices have gone unrecognized (after all, this wave of Indian poets and novelists, for all the hype, is still but a ripple in publishing in terms of sheer numbers).… continue reading...

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Tallying the Hemispheres 

Crucible by Daniel Bosch. Winner of the Boston Review’s First Annual Poetry Contest. Handsel Books, 2002.

Discography by Sean Singer. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Yale University Press, 2002.continue reading...

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Output and Ingathering: A Survey of First Books 

Notes from the Divided Country by Suji Kwock Kim. Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

20 Poems by Seán MacFalls. Peregrine Press, 2001.

Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive
by Patrick Rosal.
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On Kalmi Baruh Street 

By: Stephen Schwartz

This is an intensely personal, and elliptical, and non-Aristotelian story.

As a young man I looked for a poem, afraid I could not find it. … continue reading...

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In Memoriam: Philip Lamantia (1927-2005)

By: Stephen Schwartz

On March 7, the North American poet Philip Lamantia, the only successful English-language versifier in the French surrealist style to appear in this hemisphere, died of heart failure in San Francisco, his native city, at 77.… continue reading...

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“Under Empty Skies Falconers Weep”

A Personal Survey of Modern Verse in Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania (Part II)

As Reviewed By: Stephen Schwartz

II.

Modern Bosnian literature

As should be seen throughout the present essay, translation is a difficult art, especially when dealing with poets from a cultural context so different from ours, as North Americans. … continue reading...

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“Under Empty Skies Falconers Weep” 

A Personal Survey of Modern Verse in Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania

As Reviewed By: Stephen Schwartz

I will begin this highly selective and idiosyncratic discussion of modern Slovene, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Albanian poetry with an anecdote. … continue reading...

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In the Details

Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems by W. S. Di Piero. Knopf, 2007. 247 pp.

As Reviewed By: Jan Schreiber

A hardy strain of poets in America feels that the craft of poetry is often too crafty, that the verse line need be nothing more than a space in which to say something striking, and that elevated diction will cut the poet off from his readers, who are in fact his peers.… continue reading...

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What has Five Feet and Lives Forever?

Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use by Robert B. Shaw. Ohio University Press, 2007. 305 pages.

As Reviewed By: Jan Schreiber

A bright woman of my acquaintance, educated in a field far from literature, recently asked me what poetry anthology I would recommend to help her become better acquainted with contemporary writing.… continue reading...

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