About James Matthew Wilson

James Matthew Wilson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. His poems, essays, and reviews appear regularly in a wide range of books and journals, including, most recently, The Dark Horse, Pleiades, and Modern Age.

James Matthew Wilson Has written the following articles:

The Ecstatic Discipline of David J. Rothman

James Matthew Wilson reviews two books by David J. Rothman, The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press, 2013) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press, 2013)

In the last several years, David Rothman has established a reputation as the great enthusiast of poetic form.… continue reading...

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Our Steps amid a Ruined Colonnade III: James Matthew Wilson on Grammar and Expression



O early ripe! To thy abundant store
What could advancing age have added more?
It might (what nature never gives the young)
Have taught the numbers of thy native tongue.

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Our Steps amid a Ruined Colonnade II: James Matthew Wilson on Expansive Poetry and its Discontents


         Marble staircases climb the hills where derelict estates
              glimmer in the river-brightened dusk . . .
              And some are merely left to rot where now
              broken stone lions guard a roofless colonnade .

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Our Steps amid a Ruined Colonnade: James Matthew Wilson on Contemporary Poetry and the Academy

While arguing amid the colonnades,
Tired in the noon-day by the badly taught,
Or resting, dubious, in the laurel shades  
I have impinged upon a firmer thought.   

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Explaining the Modernist Joke: W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Letters from Iceland

Travel Writing and the Canon

Like many odd literary creatures from the British 1930’s, W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice’s Letters from Iceland (1936) is referred to more frequently as a representative period piece than as an achieved work of art.… continue reading...

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A Sentimental Education: Modern Poetry and the Anthology

Reviewed: 100 Essential Modern Poems. Joseph Parisi, Ed. Ivan R. Dee, 2006.

We have been in the age of the anthology for more than a century now, and nothing suggests we are about to leave it.… continue reading...

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CPR Classic Readings: James Matthew Wilson on Yvor Winters’ “The Slow Pacific Swell”

Note: “The Slow Pacific Swell” may be found in many volumes of Winters’s work, including Collected Poems (1960); The Poetry of Yvor Winters (1978); and The Selected Poems of Yvor Winters (1999).continue reading...

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To Cloak the Emptiness of One’s Yearnings: George Santayana Reconsidered


Early in 1941, as British forces were pushing Italian tanks back into Libya and spoiling Mussolini’s dreams of becoming a full member to the Axis powers, Ezra Pound was hard at work in Rapallo, pushing dreams of his own.… continue reading...

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