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Reviews & Interviews

The Actual Voice of Someone Else: Philip Levine’s “News of the World”

February 14, 2011
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News of the World certainly offers some typical-feeling moves to those familiar with Levine’s oeuvres, it also contains formal variations and preoccupations that will amuse and surprise both his admirers and those who don’t yet know his work.

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Innocent Brilliance: James Schuyler’s Other Flowers

February 9, 2011
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James Schuyler is back from the dead with the lovely “Other Flowers” a posthumous book of his unpublished, uncollected poems.

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Some Notes on Translations of Horace

February 7, 2011
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If you are a poet writing in English, you carry Horace in your own voice.

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“A Map of Itself”: Language and Representation in Caroline Knox’s Nine Worthies

February 2, 2011
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Nine Worthies is something of a Tower of Babel: multifarious in diction, opulent in detail, complex in meaning and, finally it seems, reaching toward the heavens.

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Marriage Counseling for True Minds

February 1, 2011
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To what extent do the classics belong to our actual, lived experience?

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Unstuck with Yahia Lababidi

January 26, 2011
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Yahia Lababidi remembers late nights in his dorm room at George Washington University, tossing in bed as the voices of Wilde, Rilke and Kafka reverberated around him.

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Glory Pee

January 21, 2011
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Nobody else contemporary or comparable to the young Rachel B. Glaser writes as epiphanic structures as these or plays with the purpose and effect of fiction with such verve

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The Silver Book

January 17, 2011
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Ephemeral, almost spirit-like, this book can be read in under 15 minutes if one rushes or pondered for days and cannot be fully appreciated on a Kindle or as a pdf.

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This Just In From the Void

January 10, 2011
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Sestets is what it seems to be and a lot more: a small book of small poems that resurrect what they can from the nothingness.

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A Language Poet You’ll Enjoy Reading

January 7, 2011
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Add Clark Coolidge to the list of great American poets that nobody is talking about.

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Small Anchor Press: The Dory Reader

January 3, 2011
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If Martha Stewart had a child who went rogue, moved to New York City, and started writing poetry and making books, that child may have turned out to produce something as crafty-bohemian as Small Anchor Press does.

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Year-End Fiction Favorites: 2010

December 27, 2010
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Why do we make lists?

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C.D. Wright’s Masterpiece

December 20, 2010
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History as a subject reads best when it is both documented and re-imagined

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Ronin Poet: Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings

December 17, 2010
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Brian Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings is the closest thing in English, spiritually, to haiku that I can possibly think of.

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Civil Rights Moonwalk: Michael Jackson, Armond White, and Democracy

December 3, 2010
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A focus on the human person allows White to cut right to the heart of cultural issues without getting lost or tossed around in the media firestorms that accompany cultural events.

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Time, Death, & Video Games: Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life

December 1, 2010
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If you’re going to talk about such things as parallel universes, multiple lives, determinism and free will is not the video game a reputable analog?

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