- December 23rd, 2007on One Body by Margaret Gibson, Complex Sleep by Tony Tost, and Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone by Janice N. Harrington
Here are three poetry titles published this past year that you may have overlooked or not encountered at all. The succeeding waves of new poetry in April tend to swamp those landed the previous spring and through the year. So I wish these books an extended debut into the new year.
Four additional poetry titles will be discussed in a forthcoming blogpost.
- December 21st, 2007
First published in 2004 as Paradijs Verloren, Lost Paradise completes the second half of an orbit achieved by its mirrored opposite, Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” which is quoted or mentioned here and there.
- December 11th, 2007
In The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts names three approaches to discovering “a dramatic explanatory narrative” in memoir: “For some the event-based story of the past may be paramount … for others it may be the process of discovering that there is a story … and for still others the main incentive might be to connect with the elusive feelings and associations of what happene
- December 8th, 2007
The clairvoyant I’ve visited occasionally for the past 20 years once told me that each of us runs into a recurring challenge -- a social circumstance, uncomfortably familiar, that usually leads to trouble. He described my particular dilemma, which had never occurred to me as a repetitive scene, but once pointed out now seemed to have a circular shape and theme.
- December 5th, 2007
In an interview conducted a few months before he died in 1990, Alberto Moravia said, “In persons of genius you can’t talk of heredity or determinism.
- December 2nd, 2007on My Emily Dickinson by Susan Howe (New Directions, reissued with a new preface by Eliot Weinberger)
“A great poet, carrying the antique imagination of her fathers, requires each reader to leap from a place of certain signification, to a new situation, undiscovered and foreign,” writes Susan Howe in My Emily Dickinson, originally published in 1985.