Category Archive: Poetry

Translation Tuesdays: The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander @ NYJB

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After ten years of war, soldiers have grown weary. The leadership now endures uncouth criticism of its policy, accusations of self-interest and self-aggrandizement become commonplace. The gods remain fickle, taking sides and influencing the ground game. Some things never change.

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Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

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The Argument David Bowie’s recent death has closed a page on music history. On a more personal level, Bowie has been a constant in my life for decades. Beyond mere 80s nostalgia (Labyrinth)… Continue reading

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Commonplace Book: From a slightly water-damaged collection of Sylvia Plath

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. “The Goring” [1956] Arena dust rusted by four bulls’ blood to a dull redness, The afternoon at a bad end under the crowd’s… Continue reading

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Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001–2014, by Richard Hell @ NYJB

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Former punk rocker Richard Hell writes “A rewarding collection whether read straight through or sampling here and there.”

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Translation Tuesdays: Of Earth and in Hell, by Thomas Bernhard @ NYJB

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“Of Earth and in Hell” by Thomas Bernhard represents “a fascinating peek into the genesis of Austria’s controversial literary figure.”.

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Liberation, Edited and Introduced by Mark Ludwig

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“Liberation,” edited and with an introduction by Mark Ludwig, casts a global net to find out what poets think about the concept of freedom.

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Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesday: Paul Celan and Writing Beyond Humanity

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A poem by Paul Celan from the new translation by Pierre Joris.

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Gethsemane: An Epic Poem About Us, by R. Douglas Jacobs

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A review of an epic poem on religious themes … and it isn’t what you think.

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The Red List, by Stephen Cushman

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“The Red List” by Stephen Cushman, like an Internet web search, is a free associative romp.

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Commonplace Book: “Death, be not proud …” by John Donne

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A well known sonnet from John Donne.

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