About Ethan Paquin

Ethan Paquinedits Slope and Slope Editions. His first book of poems, _The Makeshift_, was released in the UK by Stride Books in Fall 2002. His poems and reviews have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in New American Writing, Boulevard, The Boston Review, Volt, American Letters & Commentary, Leviathan, Canadian Review of Books and Jacket. He is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY.


Ethan Paquin Has written the following articles:


E+V+O+L+U+T+I+O+N

Pen Chants or 12 Spirit-like Impermanences by Lissa Wolsak. New York: Roof Books, 2000. $9.95 (paperback), 74 pp.

As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin

New from Roof Books (the New York house that brought us L+A+N+G+U+A+G+E magazine, and books by its prominent practitioners including Charles Bernstein, Ray DiPalma, Hank Lazer, Jackson MacLow and Ron Silliman), Lissa Wolsak’s Pen Chants feels like it’s ushering in a new day of sorts for the Language school.… continue reading...

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Your Influences Here

Other Traditions by John Ashbery. Harvard University Press, 2000. 168 pp. $22.95 (hardcover)

As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin

Other Traditions proves that Ashbery’s classic poem “The Instruction Manual” is more than reverie: he truly does well at writing informative primers.… continue reading...

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Apt Vernacular

Thieves of Paradise by Yusef Komunyakaa. Wesleyan/ University Press of New England, 1998. 130 pp. $19.95 (hardcover)

Talking Dirty to the Gods by Yusef Komunyakaa. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2000.continue reading...

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“Relativistic Ejecta”

Signs and Abominations by Bruce Beasley. Wesleyan University Press, 2000. 136 pp. $12.95 (paper)

As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin

Despite the freedom in his fourth book–plentiful sectioning of poems; spatial liberalism (experimentation with enjambment, spacing, indentation); lofty language; the use of up-to-the-second names and places–Bruce Beasley has written a piece of supreme symmetry, has crafted an architecture so streamlined as to be the subject of a Charles Sheeler gelatin print.… continue reading...

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From the [correct] Chinese

Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese by Sam Hamill. BOA Editions, 2000. 280 pp. $19.95 (paper)

As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin

Thomas Merton, whose The Way of Chuang Tzu is perhaps one of America’s better-known translations from the Chinese, begins that book by explaining his “translation” process was essentially “’imitations’ of Chuang Tzu, or rather, free interpretative readings” culled from “four of the best translations of Chuang Tzu into western languages.” Ernest Fenollosa, whose translations provided the basis for Ezra Pound’s Cathay, knew little Chinese.… continue reading...

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Mixed Economy

Economy of the Unlost (Reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan) by Anne Carson,. Princeton University Press, 1999 (hardcover, $29.95) and 2002 (paperback, $14.95).

As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin

Just because one can write something, one doesn’t necessarily have to write it.… continue reading...

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