About John Foy

John Foy's first book of poetry was Techne’s Clearinghouse (Zoo Press, 2004). His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, Parnassus, The Nebraska Review, Cimarron Review, and many other journals. He has also had poems selected for the Poetry Daily website. His work is featured in The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2009). Formerly of Bear Stearns, he now works as a senior financial editor at Itaú Securities. He holds an MFA from Columbia and has spent much time in France and Brazil. He lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.

John Foy Has written the following articles:

“Permanence Through Words”: John Foy Reviews New Books by David Yezzi, Joanna Pearson, George Green, and Quincy R. Lehr

Birds of the Air, by David Yezzi, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013

Lord Byron’s Foot, by George Green, St. Augustine’s Press, South Bend, IN, 2012

Shadows and Gifts, by Quincy R.continue reading...

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Satire & Dysfunction: James Merrill’s “Family Week at Oracle Ranch”

“Family week at Oracle Ranch” is a portrait of dysfunction. It’s a poem written later in Merrill’s life, appearing in his final book, A Scattering of Salts, published by Knopf in 1995, the same year that Merrill died (February 6, 1995).… continue reading...

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A Variety of Courage: John Foy on Gerry Cambridge’s Notes for Lighting a Fire


If lighting a fire on a winter night is a way of staying alive, then so, one feels, was the writing of the poems in Gerry Cambridge’s new book, Notes for Lighting a Fire.… continue reading...

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Form as Moral Content in Thomas Hardy’s “During Wind and Rain”

Read the poem here.

When beginning to think about the poem “During Wind and Rain” by Thomas Hardy, I thought it might be useful to go back for some context to the old pessimist Yvor Winters, who always had provocative things to say about form.  … continue reading...

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An American Way to Go: John Foy on Peter Balakian

Reviewed: Ziggurat by Peter Balakian. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Peter Balakian’s poetry is a “strange brew of wind and light” distilled to one degree or another from primal trauma.… continue reading...

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Being at Ease

Taking the Occasion by Daniel Brown. Ivan R. Dee, 2008.
Reviewed By: John Foy

In a market flooded with poetry, and so much of it so poorly made, you need a reason to pick up a new book.… continue reading...

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