About Christopher Bakken

Christopher Bakken iGoat Funeral (recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters' prize for the best book of poetry in 2006) and After Greece (which won the 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry). He is also the co-translator of The Lion's Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Raritan, Gettysburg Review, Literary Imagination, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


Christopher Bakken Has written the following articles:


Nothing is Beneath Consideration: Christopher Bakken on the Letters of Poets

Reviewed: A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright. Edited by Anne Wright and Saundra Rose Maley. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. The Letters of Robert Lowell. Edited by Saskia Hamilton. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt. Edited by Willard Spiegelman. Columbia University Press, 2005. By my […]

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The Plains Pastoral of B.H. Fairchild

As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken Poets-authoritative as they are on Eros and Thanatos, ether and effulgence-are rarely the specialists we turn to when, being Americans, we long to investigate work, that thing at the bedrock of our particular cultural expertise. Shake hands with twenty poets and you’re likely to find them all tender-palmed as brain […]

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Czeslaw Milosz, an American

In Memoriam: Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken In Letters from an American Farmer, frontier agrarian J. Hector St. John de Crevècoeur posits that Men are like plants; the goodness and flavor of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow. We are nothing but what we derive […]

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Robert Lowell in Fourteen Lines

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken In sundry moods, ‘twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground… -William Wordsworth More than a decade ago, over lunch with a mentor, I was discussing […]

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An Interview with Herb Leibowitz: Editor of Parnassus

Parnassus: Poetry in Review As Interviewed By: Christopher Bakken Interviewer’s Note: Since 1973, Herbert Leibowitz has edited Parnassus: Poetry in Review, maintaining (along with his famously high standards) a publication that has proven essential to contemporary poetry and to those who read and write it. Printed twice a year, the magazine provides a home for […]

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Robert Lowell in Fourteen Lines

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken In sundry moods, ‘twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground… -William Wordsworth More than a decade ago, over lunch with a mentor, I was discussing […]

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