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  • January 14th, 2018

    Lisa Russ Spaar’s seventh collection Orexia creates the aura of a world bound up in unrelieved tension so exquisitely balanced that it is beautiful. If the poem can be made, it may embody the balance as a sort of proof. Balance isn’t resolution. Uncertainty has a certain weight, so does a vision; the blunt or stunning facts of the seen have a counterweight.


  • January 7th, 2018

    Simeon Marsalis’ debut novel, As Lie Is To Grin, is told in the voice and writings of David, an African-American freshman at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2010. He makes an appointment to see a psychologist at school: “I felt like a boy in a man’s body.

  • January 1st, 2018

    In 2011, the Yale University Art Gallery published The Place We Live, a three-volume retrospective of Robert Adams’ photography. In a brief introduction, Adams begins by quoting three poets.

  • December 14th, 2017

    This year has been rich with engaging, insightful music titles – Ben Ratliff’s Every Song Ever, Robbie Robertson’s Testimony, Ted Gioia’s How To Listen to Jazz, David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, Elaine Hayes’ Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, and Anthony DeCurtis’ Lou Reed: A Life come

  • December 3rd, 2017

    “I’m keenly interested in the ways in which parents and their children don’t understand each other,” said Edan Lepucki in an interview at the time her rewarding second novel, Woman No. 17, was published earlier this year.

  • November 29th, 2017

    The death of Marlena Joyner – perhaps by drowning, perhaps not – is revealed at the outset of Julie Buntin’s first novel Marlena. The story is told by Catherine or “Cat,” a 32-year old librarian in New York who recalls a mere eight-month period that had occurred 18 years previously.