Tag Archive: poetry

Critical Appraisals: Disinheritance: Poems, by John Sibley Williams

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“Disinheritance” is John Sibley Williams’s rumination on death and grief.

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IRL by Tommy Pico @NYJB

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Whipsawing between passages of erotic ecstasy and suicidal despair, “IRL” by Tommy “Teebs” Pico reveals itself as a monument of self-lacerating beauty.

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, by Daniel Gordis @ NYJB

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“For those interested in an introductory volume about the Jewish people and Israeli history, this book is highly recommended.”

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Commonplace Book: An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel

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An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel.

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Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972, by A. David Moody @ NYJB

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“Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972,” by A. David Moody chronicles Pound’s life from his Italian residency prior to the outbreak of World War II to his death.

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Short Takes I: Chinese Poetry

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An early example of poetry by women in China.

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The B. Diehl Interview

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The poet/publisher/semi-recluse B. Diehl sent me his latest poetry chapbook, Temporary Obscurity. In this interview, we discuss social media, the collaborative chapbook, and Indigent Press’s idiosyncratic business model. Diehl also talks about getting dumped, tweeting about cats, and avoiding Robert Frost.

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Critical Appraisals: Nauseating Allegories of Empire: the Victory of sex & Metal by Barbara Mor

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Barbara Mor’s new volume of poetry is angry, volcanic, and erudite.

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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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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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