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 30th, 2005

Poet and critic Dan Chiasson is the author of five books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (2010), Bicentennial (2014), and Must We Mean What We Say: A Poem in Four Phases (forthcoming). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem...

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