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Poets in New York, 6 of 6 October 14, 2008: Inseparable by Lewis Warsh, Granary Books, 2008 Despite that Lewis Warsh is most closely associated with the community of writers who met at St. Marks Church on the Bowery from the late 70’s [...]
Poets in New York, 5 of 6 October 14, 2008: Because Sharon Olds has been publishing for forty years and because her work has drawn so much attention, both disparaging and laudatory, most people I know already have decided attitudes towards her [...]
Poets in New York, 4 of 6 October 13, 2008: No Eyes: Lester Young by David Meltzer, Black Sparrow Books David Meltzer’s No Eyes: Lester Young is one of the most masterful, joyous, life-affirming books of poems on music (and IN music) [...]
Poets in New York, 3 of 6 October 12, 2008: The Heaven-Sent Leaf by Katy Lederer, BOA Editions, 2008 Her new book, The Heaven-Sent Leaf , shows Lederer in her most independent mode.
Poets in New York, 2 of 6 October 11, 2008: City of Corners, Wave Books, 2008 Working as a Registered Nurse in an infectious disease clinic in Brooklyn, John Godfrey has steadily published books of poems (and sometimes, as in the case of Push [...]
What Some New York Poets Are Up To: Anne Waldman October 9, 2008: It’s as if people have ceded both their destinies and their imaginations to “a hopeless gray area of defeat and despair,” Anne Waldman comments in the introduction to the anthology Civil [...]
University of Montana October 5, 2008: If I were a young poet looking to apply to an MFA program, one of the places most attractive to me would be the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana, and not only because Missoula is [...]
Into the Mouths of Volcanoes September 29, 2008: In responsive commentaries on my earlier note memorializing the death of Pablo Neruda, several people mentioned the living Chilean poet Raúl Zurita. During the Pinochet regime, Zurita had the guts [...]
Political Poetry: An Epistolary Conversation September 29, 2008: Two very different new books, one by Naomi Shihab Nye and one by Kent Johnson, turn epistolary toward remarkably similar and fierce political ends.