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:


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 […]

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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. This collection of essays–centered on obscure poets Ashbery figures “have probably influenced me”–is remarkable not […]

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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. 134 pp. $23 (hardcover) As Reviewed By: Ethan Paquin “Memory’s broken skull lingers / On every corner,” relates Yusef Komunyakaa in his latest work, but […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. This might likely be the general impression left when one finishes Anne Carson’s […]

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