About Marc Pietrzykowski

Marc Pietrzykowski has published poems and reviews in The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rhino, Exquisite Corpse, Red River Review, Pinyon, White Crow, Figdust, and River Oak Review. He lives in Atlanta, where he is enrolled in the graduate program at Georgia State University.

Marc Pietrzykowski Has written the following articles:

In This Our Pinching Cave,  Shall We Discourse:  Three Recent Books  from BOA Editions

An Unkindness of Ravens by Meg Kearney. BOA Editions, 2002. $12.95, 81 pps.

The Guests at the Gate by Anthony Piccione. BOA Editions, 2002. $13.95, 68 pps.continue reading...

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Priest and Poet  of God and of Wales 

Collected Later Poems by R. S. Thomas. Bloodaxe, 2004. 368 pages, $25.95.

As Reviewed By: Marc Pietrzykowski

“And I that have not your faith, how shall I know
That in the blinding light beyond the grave
We’ll find so good a thing as that we have lost?”

—W.… continue reading...

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Anxious of Eternity:  Building a Nest  for John Clare

John Clare: A Biography by Jonathan Bate. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003. 650 pps. $40.00

‘I am’: The Selected Poetry of John Clare, edited by Jonathan Bate.continue reading...

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For Unclassified Occasions and Purposes: The Maya Angelou Life Mosaic Collection at Hallmark

“The Maya Angelou Life Mosaic Collection.” Available at Hallmark Cards and Gifts. Various pieces, priced from $7.99 to $49.99.

As Reviewed By: Marc Pietrzykowski

Maya Angelou’s new “Life Mosaic Collection” at Hallmark arrives at a time of crisis in the world of greeting card verse.… continue reading...

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The Grand Zeugma:  The Poetic Project  of H. L. Hix

As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry by H. L. Hix. Etruscan Press, 2002. 148 pps., $17.95
Surely As Birds Fly by H. L. Hix. Truman State Press, 2002.
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“The Revolution  Will Not be Poeticized…” 

Americus, Book 1, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. New Directions, 2004. 91 pages, $21.95.

The Unsubscriber, by Bill Knott. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. 122 pages, $20.00.… continue reading...

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Three Things to Forget About Contemporary Poetry

As Reviewed By: Marc Pietrzykowski

I. Forget About Marketing

F. T. Marinetti’s publication of the Futurist Manifesto in Le Figaro on Feb. 20, 1909, managed to shock its readers by melding a traditional form-the individual or collaborative statement of disputation against an orthodoxy-with the language of Revolution, or, as it was later called, Marketing:

“Look at us!

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The Shrinking Lines of War: Marc Pietrzykowski on Ciaran Carson and Medbh McGuckian 


Breaking News by Ciaran Carson. Wake Forest University Press, 59 pps.

The Soldiers of the Year II, by Medbh McGuckian. Wake Forest University Press, 130pps.
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