Posted on 27 January 2011
District and Circle by Seamus Heaney. FSG, 2006. 76 pages. Digging for Poems I fancy I know more about Seamus Heaney’s back than anyone not related to him. He had given one of his lectures as Oxford Professor of Poetry and joined a crowd of us from his audience in the pub next door to […]
Posted on 22 January 2011
The 2nd Annual Symposium on Poetry Criticism on July 28-30, 2011 To be held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado Founded by Jan Schreiber and David J. Rothman Participants include the CPR’s Ernest Hilbert, Joan Houlihan, David J. Rothman, Jan Schreiber, and James Matthew Wilson. Marilyn Krysl, Marilyn Taylor, and David Yezzi will also […]
Posted on 10 January 2011
Mary Jo Bang’s new book, The Bride of E, is a disorderly book. It’s disorderly in a fascinating way, though: it’s a fractured abecedarian. An abecedarian is like the dictionary, that most orderly of books: sacrificing everything—plot, character, thematic arc, etc—to the unrelenting order of the alphabet. An alphabet, then, is writing with order but no sense. Most abecedarian books do not so exploit this inherent potential for senselessness, but Bang’s new book works this potential artfully and resonantly to convey a life devastated by meaninglessness and disorientation. It’s a strange, difficult, and beautiful book.