Rachel Wetzsteon (1967 - 2009) was an American poet and critic. A life-long resident of Manhattan, she taught at Barnard College. Her books of poetry include Sakura Park (2006) and Home and Away (1998). She also wrote a book of criticism called Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources. She held degrees from the universities of Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia.

Philip Larkin and Happiness

On “Born Yesterday”

For those familiar with Philip Larkin’s work, the title of this short essay will seem to offer a juxtaposition so improbable as to be laugh-out-loud funny-rather like that old joke staple, the tiny book titled German Humor, or the admittedly unlikely prospect of a panel at a New Formalist conference on “The Achievement of the L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E Poets.”… continue reading...