About Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert edited the Contemporary Poetry Review from 2005 until 2010. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Parnassus, Boston Review, Verse, New Criterion, American Scholar, and the London Review. His debut collection is Sixty Sonnets (2009). He graduated from Oxford University, where he edited the Oxford Quarterly. He hosts the popular blog and video show www.everseradio.com and is an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.


Ernest Hilbert Has written the following articles:


Without a Net: Ernest Hilbert on Optic, Graphic, Acoustic, and Other Formations in Free Verse

The present survey is provisional and intended to serve as only the merest introduction to a vast and extraordinarily complex field, one that commands broad, ongoing attention.continue reading...

Posted in Essays, November 2011: Poetry Criticism Conference, This MonthComments (17)

A Strange and Beautiful Noise: Ernest Hilbert on Late Ashbery Syndrome, or, Listening without Hearing

mong literary arts, poetry places the greatest emphasis on the organization of the musical effects of language: rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, along with such elements as ambiguity, and even exuberant nonsense.… continue reading...

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Editor’s Note: My Farewell

One of several enticements of the internet for a literary magazine, as for any enterprise, is the ease with which information may be conveyed, stored, and distributed.… continue reading...

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The Voice of the Poet Part 8: Robert Lowell

As Reviewed By: Ernest Hilbert

Part 8: Robert Lowell

In his enormous Pulitzer Prize-winning account, Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer describes the kaleidoscopic tumult and turmoil of the 1967 march on the Pentagon to protest American involvement in Vietnam.… continue reading...

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The First Confessionalist: Ernest Hilbert Interviews W. D. Snodgrass

Interviewer’s note: William DeWitt Snodgrass is commonly credited with inaugurating the “confessional” era in American poetry in 1959 with his first collection, Heart’s Needle. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, and there is evidence that it influenced Robert Lowell’s own pioneering collection Life Studies.… continue reading...

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Celticly Wild, Teutonically Fussy

An Interview with X. J. Kennedy

By: Ernest Hilbert

X. J. Kennedy was born in Dover, NJ in 1929, the son of a boiler factory timekeeper.… continue reading...

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The Louis MacNeice Special Issue

Just as Ben Jonson bore the unfortunate fate of living in what would become known as the “Age of Shakespeare,” Louis MacNeice lives in the long shadow thrown by his exact contemporary, W.H.… continue reading...

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I Sense Your Disdain, Darling: Frederick Seidel

As Reviewed By: Ernest Hilbert

Ooga Booga: Poems by Frederick Seidel. FSG, 2006. 112 pp.

Glamour-fueled magazines, like New York, do not characteristically devote much ink to poets.… continue reading...

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“Yes, I used to drive with my eyes closed”: Ernest Hilbert Interviews Erica Dawson

Interviewer’s note: X.J. Kennedy has written that Erica Dawson “is the most exciting younger poet I’ve seen in years. What drive and verve! Even in lines under tight control, she can sound reckless.… continue reading...

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Wages of Fame: The Case of Billy Collins

As Reviewed By: Ernest Hilbert

Books Discussed:

The Apple That Astonished Paris by Billy Collins. University of Arkansas Press, 1988.

Questions About Angels by Billy Collins.continue reading...

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