Archive | February, 2011

Rust on the Ideal: Andrew Goodspeed on Teresa Leo

Reviewed:  The Halo Rule by Teresa Leo. Elixir Press, 2008.

Teresa Leo possesses what a previous generation of critics would have termed an incoherent sensibility. This is not intended to denigrate.… continue reading...

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The Well-Wrought Void: Joan Houlihan on Christian Wiman

Reviewed: every riven thing by Christian Wiman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. 93 pages.

From its hardcover heft and granite-engraved dust jacket (remove the jacket and a black, bible-like, hardback cover is revealed), to its ivory paper stock and black section divider pages (complete with roman numerals blazoned in white), every riven thing announces the solemnity it aims to deliver and does: verses crafted as if with a chisel on stone, the weight of each line falling into the congregation of a hushed readership, organ sounding in the background—

There is no consolation in the thought of God,

he said, slamming another nail

in another house another havoc had half-taken.

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