Letter from Poetry Magazine

Dan Chiasson responds

by Dan Chiasson
Dan Chiasson responds:

Kevin Simmonds's meticulous sentences imply the existence of a part of the body called "the review section," most vulnerable and yet, at the same time, evidently, a mere "space"—but a space with the amazing ability to channel "white light"! I seem to have no such review section anywhere on my body: I've looked, and my wife has looked for me. Where is this organ/absence/beacon? Is it something that grows naturally from admiring Derek Walcott? Am I some kind of monster?
Originally Published: October 30, 2005

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This prose originally appeared in the June 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2005


 Dan  Chiasson


Poet and critic Dan Chiasson is author of three books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), and Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (2010). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He reviews poetry regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. He has received the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a . . .

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