A poet as well as an influential literary critic and a professor of English at the University of Rochester, James Longenbach writes primarily on modernist and contemporary poetry. He is the author of the critical works Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism (1988), Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things (1991), Modern Poetry After Modernism (1997), The Resistance to Poetry (2004), The Art of the Poetic Line (2008), and The Virtues of Poetry (2013).
His poetry collections include Threshold (1998), Fleet River (2003), Draft of a Letter (2007), and The Iron Key (2010). Influenced by Yeats and Stevens, he connects ordinary events with cultural and historical references such as myths, wars, Venice, and Petrarch. Reviewing The Iron Key, Dan Radar noted, “like [Elizabeth] Bishop, Longenbach embraces high lyricism. His poems are tightly conceived, elegantly architectural, and sophisticatedly enunciated.”
Longenbach’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and several editions of The Best American Poetry; his essays and reviews of contemporary poetry have been published in the Boston Review, the Nation, and the New York Times. He is married to the novelist Joanna Scott.
Poems By JAMES LONGENBACH
Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
November 2014: "You are in Ithaca, but you are not yet home"
The editors discuss Matthew Rohrer's "Poem with Basho," selections from Grigori Dashevsky's "Ithaca" (tr. Valzhyna Mort), and Dafydd ap Gwilym's "The Wind" (tr. Gwyneth Lewis); plus James Longenbach on the medium of the English language.
"You've Never Seen My Shower"
Poems by Dana Levin, John Longenbach, Deborah Paredez, and Frederick Seidel; plus A. E. Stallings on the Greek economic crisis.