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Squaring the Circle

by Elizabeth T. Gray Jr on July 23, 2016

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John Peck is the author of ten volumes of poetry, a psychoanalyst, translator of Euripides and C. G. Jung’s The Red Book, a poet under-appreciated by or unfamiliar to most, yet long and deeply admired by a cadre of serious poets and critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Killed By the State

by John Yau on July 10, 2016

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A few weeks ago, while I was reading In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton, edited by Reginald Shepherd and Philip Clark, I was reminded of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (2011), edited by David Trinidad. This happens with poetry – one poem or book leads to another, like a chain letter.

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The formal inventiveness of this new volume by Anselm Berrigan is satisfying and maddening.

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Inside a wooden shack installed at North 12th Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, anyone can sit down at a typewriter and contribute to a collaborative poem unfolding over a 100-foot paper scroll.

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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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This slim volume of poetry might stir up the tears you have been keeping inside you, especially if, like me, you are old enough to remember the 1980s and the AIDS epidemic, the seemingly endless roll call of people you knew and didn’t know who died horribly.

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Nicolas Hundley’s Heretical Machinery

by John Yau on May 29, 2016

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Nicolas Hundley is a poet of pronouns. In many of his poems and prose poems, a pronoun ­– he, they, you, and we – is central to each line or sentence.

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Piercing Clarity: Gail Mazur’s Poetry

by John Yau on May 8, 2016

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Aptly titled, Forbidden City is Gail Mazur’s seventh book of poetry. Before getting the book — which she sent me — I knew that Gail had written the poems in the years after her husband, Michael Mazur (1935–2009), had died of congestive heart failure.

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Type a search into Google and the most popular terms start auto-populating below, suggesting the collective desires, queries, and curiosities of internet users.

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Beguiling Simplicity: The Poetry of Robert Lax

by Louis Bury on April 16, 2016

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Lifelong friend of Trappist Monk Thomas Merton and abstract painter Ad Reinhardt, Robert Lax wrote spare poems that, in their beguiling simplicity, provoke anxieties about how and why we read.

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