About Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch The New York Sun. He is the author of The Thousand Wells: Poems (Ivan R. Dee, 2002) and The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets (Norton, 2005). His articles regularly appear in The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and other magazines.


Adam Kirsch Has written the following articles:


Young Poets Calling: Part 3

Burning Wyclif by Thom Satterlee. Texas Tech University Press, 2006. $19.95 Sakura Park by Rachel Wetzsteon. Persea, 2006. $17.95 As Reviewed By: Adam Kirsch I read Burning Wyclif, Thom Satterlee’s debut collection, because it was recommended to me by a friend, without knowing anything about the book or the poet. If I had been told […]

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Young Poets Calling: Part 2

The Optimist by Joshua Mehigan. Ohio University Press, 2004. Hapax by A.E. Stallings. Triquarterly, 2006. As Reviewed By: Adam Kirsch To get a sense of the bleak and illusionless intelligence that animates Joshua Mehigan’s poetry, the best place to start is the title poem of his first collection, The Optimist. Optimism, of the quiet, bourgeois, […]

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Young Poets Calling: Part 1

The Hidden Model by David Yezzi. Triquarterly, 2003. Radiance by Joe Osterhaus. Zoo Press, 2002. As Reviewed by Adam Kirsch No instruction has ever been so eagerly and doubtfully obeyed as Ezra Pound’s famous “Make it new.” In twentieth and now twenty-first century American poetry, the new has been like the Ypres salient, constantly claimed […]

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