Barry Schwabsky

Post image for Reader’s Diary: Robert Glück’s ‘Communal Nude’

Some of Robert Glück’s essays came my way in the 1980s via such publications as Poetics Journal.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Kevin Young’s ‘Jelly Roll’

So many poets out there.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Rana Dasgupta’s ‘Capital’

My all-too-brief visit to Delhi last year ignited in me a desire to learn about the history of India.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Henry Miller’s ‘The Colossus of Maroussi’

At some point in my teens I read a number of books by Henry Miller — though not as many as I read, at around the same time, by Hermann Hesse, despite the fact that Hesse’s books, in contrast to Miller’s, were not reputed to convey much information about sex.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: ‘In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton’

When I wandered ingenuously onto the scene, Donald Britton was a young star, or so I considered him, just a few years older than me (actually a bit more than a few, it turns out — he always looked so boyish) yet somehow wiser.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Man Ray’s ‘Writings on Art’

Jennifer Mundy acknowledges in her Preface to Man Ray’s Writings on Art that, compared to his friends Duchamp and Picabia, he has come to be seen as something of a lightweight.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: ‘Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners’

What happens when you cross the perfervid emotionalism of Edna St. Vincent Millay, she of the candle burning at both ends, with Charles Olson’s idea, distilled out of William Carlos Williams, of a projective verse imbued with “the breathing of the man who writes” (and I suppose it is very emphatically a man who writes the poetry that Olson had in mind)?

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Catherine Texier’s ‘Russian Lessons’

It’s so hard to read a friend’s book without prejudice.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: ‘Women of Abstract Expressionism’

We think the canon of American art of the 1940s and ‘50s is set in stone, but we’ve got a lot of looking still to do.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Lorraine Lupo’s ‘By Way Of’

Cards on the table: I prefer short poems to long ones, slender bodies of work to massive ones. So naturally, I consider the best way to read poetry is not in a book, but in a chapbook.

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