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Dan Chiasson responds

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?

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

  • 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...

Letter from Poetry Magazine

Dan Chiasson responds

  • 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...

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