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Foreign Sounds or Sounds Foreign

by John Yau on August 28, 2016

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Brandon Som’s first book of poems, The Tribute Horse, won the 2012 Nightboat Poetry Prize.

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Post image for The Poetics of Embodiment: Elaine Kahn’s ‘Women in Public’

The poems in Elaine Kahn’s Women in Public are highly self-aware. They’re porous, riven with gaps and fragmentation; at the same time, they’re unquestionably “lyrical” in their concision and fluidity

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Post image for Restoring Alexander Pope’s Glinting Grotto to Its Former Glory

Nothing remains of Alexander Pope’s 18th-century villa except its grotto, which has experienced three centuries of quiet decay alongside the River Thames in Twickenham, England.

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America’s Philosopher Poet

by John Yau on August 21, 2016

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The Swimmer is John Koethe’s tenth book of poetry. For many years, he was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee until he retired in 2010.

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Post image for Cosmic Wind: Yoshimasu Gozo’s ‘Alice Iris Red Horse’

In 2003 I received an invitation to attend a reading by the poet Yoshimasu Gozo, someone I had never heard of. I asked around, and was told that Gozo was an avant-garde poet who read in a bygone oracular style.

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Post image for Placing Hope in Ritual: Gabriel Ojeda-Sague’s Oil and Candle

In Oil and Candle, the debut full-length poetry collection by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, ritual and religion are turned to as salves for various societal issues, including racism, homophobia, and war.

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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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Post image for Square Deal: Anselm Berrigan’s ‘Come In Alone’

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

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Post image for A Roving Typewriter Records the Subconscious of New York City

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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