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 I Thumbing at leisure through Donald Justice’s poems, one encounters several worthy candidates for an imagined memorial reading. Self-elegies stare from every other page. The best-known specimen, quoted in the obituaries, is “Variations on a Text by Vallejo”: Donald Justice is dead. One Sunday the […]

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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. I. When considering Lowell, it is customary to invoke his best critic, Randall Jarrell-a convention that may be forgiven, but not without qualms, since the latter poet did not survive […]

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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. They strike mine eyes, but not […]

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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. As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar I. When considering Lowell, it is customary to invoke his best critic, Randall Jarrell-a convention that may be forgiven, but not without qualms, since the latter poet did not survive […]

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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. I. 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 […]

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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, […]

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