- December 21st, 2016
“For a long time I thought reading would somehow make me a better writer,” says Peter Orner, one of our better writers. “Now I see how ludicrous this is. All the glorious Chekhov in thirteen volumes won’t help me write a sentence that breathes. That comes from somewhere else, somewhere out in the world, where mothers die in car accidents and daughters hide the pain.
- December 15th, 2016
David Clewell has never been hesitant about spelling things out – what he sees, what he loves, how he feels and how we should feel about how he feels. He may be America’s most reliably engaging poet of unabashedly giving a damn. He gives praise and advice. No coyness, no mistaking who’s talking to whom.
- December 10th, 2016on The Crime of Jean Genet by Dominique Eddé, translated by Andrew Rubens and Ros Schwartz (Seagull Books)
The French novelist and activist Dominique Eddé met Jean Genet in 1975 when she was 22 years old and he was 65. They were introduced by the French-Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun. Eddé was born in Beirut – and at the moment she met Genet, the Lebanese civil war had just begun.
- December 7th, 2016
In a brief essay on Eudora Welty’s collection The Bride of the Innisfallen, Peter Orner asserts that “The Burning” “is the story that comes closest to failure, and so the writer loves it all the more.” When a writer wades into the making with unknowingness, the outcome is in doubt. A residue of obliviousness remains in the finished work making it all the more beloved.
- November 28th, 2016
Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books) and Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals by John Wieners (City Lights Books)
My Blue Piano, poems by Else Lasker-Schüler, translated from the German by Brooks Haxton (Syracuse University Press)
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- November 16th, 2016
Welcome back to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, nine poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes: