About Sunil Iyengar

Sunil Iyengar, a poet, writer and editor in Washington, D.C., is a board member of the American Poetry & Literacy Project. His essays and reviews have appeared in Verse, The American Scholar, New York Times, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.


Sunil Iyengar Has written the following articles:


Justice’s Sentimental Journey

In Memoriam: Donald Justice (1925-2004)

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

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Thumbing at leisure through Donald Justice’s poems, one encounters several worthy candidates for an imagined memorial reading.… continue reading...

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Tricks to Set the River On Fire: Feigned Eloquence in Lowell

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45.

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The Yellow Pages of Poetry: Notes on the New Norton

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Third Edition), edited by Jahan Ramazani.

Give me a look, give me a face
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free;
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all th’adulteries of art.

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Tricks to Set the River On Fire: Feigned Eloquence in Lowell

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45.

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Dana Gioia’s Defenders of the Modernist-Romantic Tradition

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

Can Poetry Matter? by Dana Gioia. 10th anniversary edition. Graywolf Press, 2003.

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In an introductory note to his first poetry collection, The Rage for the Lost Penny (1940), Randall Jarrell declares: “‘Modern’ poetry is, essentially, an extension of romanticism; it is what romantic poetry wishes or finds it necessary to become.” Two years later, writing forThe Nation, Jarrell elaborates that “the change from romantic poetry was evolutionary, not revolutionary.”[private]

Modernist poetry-the poetry of Pound, Eliot, Crane, Tate, Stevens, Cummings, MacLeish, et cetera-appears to be and is generally considered to be a violent break with romanticism; it is actually, I believe, an extension of romanticism, an end product in which most of the tendencies of romanticism have been carried to their limits.

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Designed for a Lifetime of Becoming: The Poetic Debut of Adam Kirsch

As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar

The Thousand Wells by Adam Kirsch. Ivan R. Dee, 2002. $18.95.

“It is very likely that the really vital poetry of the next generation will be not about God at all–the poets who currently treat that theme often descend into banality or obscurity–but about other profound and secular themes: love, marriage, loneliness, aging, death.”
–Adam Kirsch

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The writer of those words was barely out of adolescence.… continue reading...

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