Concurrent shows at the Delaware Art Museum highlight overlooked aspects of Pre-Raphaelite art and tread beyond typical gender hierarchies.
Mark Scroggins is a poet, biographer, and critic. His recent books include the poetry collection Pressure Dressing, the essay collection The Mathematical Sublime: Writing About Poetry, and a selection of the erotic poetry of Algernon Charles Swinburne. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, and Manhattan.
The Lasting Appeal of Wittgenstein’s “Picture Theory”
If Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus radically redefines the scope of philosophy, it has proved irresistibly suggestive to literary theorists, poets, and artists.
A Time Before Whiteness
D. S. Marriott’s poems are a descent through the history of slavery, immigration, and the movement of refugees.
In Nature, a Poet Finds a Visionary Language
The poems of Cody-Rose Clevidence are shot through with a sense of nature’s vitality and with the possibility that the numinous, even the divine, may inhere in that nature.
Can Poetry Make a Difference?
Contemporary politically committed poets have made a cottage industry of agonizing over the question of whether their Leftist bona fides actually make any difference.
When the Ancient Greeks Go Rogue
David Hadbawnik and Anne Carson aren’t aiming to produce new schoolroom translations of the classics; they’ve reimagined these ancient texts in the light of our violent and chaotic contemporaneity.
A Brilliant Poetry Star Who Burned Out Too Quickly
Jack Spicer’s poetry can be deeply funny and playful but it has a consistent undercurrent of sadness.
Scottish History Echoes in the Writings of Two North American Poets
Poets Shara McCallum and Karen Solie channel Scotland through historical fiction and the deep-seated malaise of modernity.
The Mythology of the Cross-Country Motorcycle Trip in Ed Roberson’s Early Poems
Ed Roberson’s motorcycle ride from Pittsburgh to the Pacific is a quest-romance, an exploration of American culture and American mythology.
A Medieval Mystic as a Muse for Two Poets
Some 600 years later, Margery Kempe’s disquieting sobs continue to confound and provoke.
Making Poetry From Mallarmé’s Mistakes
Ellen Dillon’s verdict on Mallarmé’s pedagogical text? Pretty shaky.
British Poetry’s New Avant-Garde
British poetry is really as energetic and varied as its American counterpart.