Luke Hankins is Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review, where he has been on staff since 2006. His first book of poems, Weak Devotions, is forthcoming from Wipf & Stock Publishers in late 2011. A chapbook of his translations of French poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu was published by Q Avenue Press in 2011. His poetry, prose, and translation have appeared in American Literary Review, New England Review, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other places. He regularly posts book reviews, interviews, and other commentary at his blog, A Way of Happening (

Masterful Variations: Luke Hankins on Ashley Anna McHugh

Reviewed: Into These Knots by Ashley Anna McHugh. Ivan R. Dee, 2010. 68 pp. Hardcover. $22.50. Winner of the 2010 New Criterion Poetry Prize.

In Ashley Anna McHugh’s “All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand” (“On Christ the solid rock I stand” goes the previous line of the hymn this title is taken from), a villanelle addressed to the speaker’s father, we find ourselves at the ailing father’s bedside and learn that he has a bedsore that has turned gangrenous:

Doctors say that he could die: They have to hurry,

might amputate.… continue reading...

The Poem as Devotional Practice: Luke Hankins on the Metaphysical Poets

Scholarship noted: Love’s Architecture: Devotional Modes in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry by Anthony Low. New York University Press, 1978.

I. A Lasting Model?

Certain religious poets of 17th-century England, often called the “Metaphysical” poets, have gained as firm a place in the Western canon as any group of poets enjoys today.… continue reading...