Reviewed: The Long Meadow by Vijay Seshadri. Graywolf Press, 2005.
“Moving on to the next slide,” says Seshadri, in a put-on lecture about a genius painter done in by his own powers of self-abnegation:
we can see, twisted and deliberately coarsened as it is,
the exact same theme,
revisited now with an
ambition and gigantism made all the more monstrous
by the still soaring line,
instinct with delicacy and intelligence,
by the palette still fresh and strange,
the siennas and umbers
and crimsons and yellows seasoned
with the crushed carapaces of iridescent damselflies.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Life, by Scott Donaldson. Columbia University Press, 2007. 553 pp., $34.95.
Edwin Arlington Robinson: Poems, selected and edited by Scott Donaldson.… continue reading...
Louise Bogan. Achievement in American Poetry, 1900-1950. Henry Regnery Company: Chicago, 1951.
Louise Bogan. The Blue Estuaries: Poems 1923-1968. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 1968. … continue reading...
William Logan’s sixth book of poems, whose binding falls apart on the second reading (shame on you, Penguin), sits atop a pile of even, well-turned work, and it’s worth recapitulating how he got here. … continue reading...