Reviews & Interviews

Monsters, Inc.

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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Zone One is not a zombie novel.

Why Poetic Collaboration Matters

by Gene Tanta Reviews & Interviews
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To collaborate well as a creative writer, one has to give up the 500 year old idea of the Humanist self as a unique consumer of “the real.”

Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book

by Levi Rubeck Reviews & Interviews
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The book is essentially a record of Duncan’s two-step with poetry

Indie Bookstores: Paris

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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What would a trip to Paris be without a gentle kiss from Destiny?

Indie Bookstores: Cambridge and Boston

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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The first books I saw when I walked in were Franco Moretti’s two-volume history of the novel. I’m in paradise.

The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

by Micah Towery Philosophy
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

And I Chose—All: Mary Ruefle

by Colie Hoffman Poetry and Poetics
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Picasso wrote this well before Mary Ruefle started publishing books, but if his words could be an egg, Ruefle’s Selected Poems would hatch right out of it.

Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

by Alfred Corn Poetry and Poetics
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

The Practice of Poetry

by Gene Tanta Academia
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

All in a Day’s Work

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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These types of genres are a narratologist’s dream, because one can spend an inordinate amount of time (even in a 190 page book like this one) teasing out the tiniest components of this unfamiliar world.

Lowell’s Bedlam: John McCullough

by John McCullough Poetry and Poetics
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All acts of observation are partial and reveal as much about the observer as the observed.

Lowell’s Bedlam: M G Stephens

by M G Stephens Poetry and Poetics
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Alfred Corn’s play gives us an inner portrait of Robert Lowell that is not found in either the biography or the poetry itself.

Tom Sleigh, Anthropologist

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Formality, in this case, allows Sleigh to achieve a reflexivity and self-awareness without the cloying injections that deliberately remind the reader of the existence of the poet.

Hindu Surrealism: George Kalamaras

by Brooks Lampe Poetry and Poetics
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The two loves of Kalamaras’s life: Surrealism and Hindu mysticism (with a touch of rhetorical theory!).

Caleb’s Passing

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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The climax of the novel is so mawkish that its downright dismissal of the fraught implications of his “achievement” are extremely troubling.

Oyster Perpetual

by Levi Rubeck Poetry and Poetics
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When charm works, the connection established between individuals is palpable.

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