Archive | March, 2011

The Poem as Devotional Practice: Luke Hankins on the Metaphysical Poets

Scholarship noted: Love’s Architecture: Devotional Modes in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry by Anthony Low. New York University Press, 1978.

I. A Lasting Model?

Certain religious poets of 17th-century England, often called the “Metaphysical” poets, have gained as firm a place in the Western canon as any group of poets enjoys today.… continue reading...

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Short Cuts: Lewis Turco on Daniel Hoffman

Reviewed: The Whole Nine Yards: Longer Poems by Daniel Hoffman. Louisiana State University Press, 2009. 96 pages.

According to the author of The Whole Nine Yards (winner of the L.… continue reading...

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The Lighter Side: Five Lessons from AWP (Or, Why We Hate Poetry Readings)

Five Lessons from AWP: Or, Why We Hate Poetry Readings

1)      You should recite your poetry, not read it.

2)      If you can’t recite your poetry, then you can’t remember your poetry.… continue reading...

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Short Cuts: Joan Houlihan on Ange Mlinko

Reviewed: Shoulder Season by Ange Mlinko. Coffee House Press, 2010. 81 pages.

If Shoulder Season were a town, it would be a deserted one. All evidence of life—buildings, boardwalks, beds and tables, monuments and blankets, pots of flowers, tools, cars and cribs—would be left intact, the people gone.… continue reading...

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The Hard to Get Rid Of: Jason Guriel on Recently Published Poems

(An Occasional Series: Part One)

    Poems reviewed in this article: 

  1. “From a Window” by Christian Wiman, from the Atlantic (July/August 2008). Reprinted with permission of the author.
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Making the Angels Wince: Roy Nicosia on Frances Payne Adler

Making the Angels Wince

Reviewed:  The Making of a Matriot by Frances Payne Adler. Red Hen Press, 2003. 100 pages, $13.95.


The Making of a Matriot is the sort of book that makes one embarrassed for poets in general, and Frances Payne Adler in particular.… continue reading...

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