- July 24th, 2007
In the June 28 issue of New York Review of Books, Andrew O'Hagan criticized "DeLillo's failure in Falling Man to imagine September 11." He also lectured that "good prose in a novel depends on its ability to exhale a secret knowledge, to have the exact weight of magic in relation to the material, the true moral rhythm." But imagining September 11 itself is not what this novel is p
- July 23rd, 2007
Leonard Nathan, who died in Marin County on June 3, 2007, was one of the most accomplished poets of his generation, but his work is unfamiliar to almost all of the younger poets I correspond or talk with.
- July 1st, 2007
There are poets who believe that language persists where everything else fades and disappears, and that within language lives a moral imperative. The poet writes consciously to create specific effects.
- June 26th, 2007The Great Enigma, new collected poems by Tomas Transtromer, translated by Robin Fulton (New Directions)
The Scottish poet Robin Fulton has devoted more than 30 years to rendering Transtromer's work in English. The results are stunning in their simplicity and penetration. In a 1973 interview, Transtromer said, "These poems are all the time pointing toward a greater context, one that is incomprehensible to our normal everyday reason.
- June 22nd, 2007
This engrossing biography, published in 2003, failed to be noticed even by some of those who regard Seferis as a major poet. Perhaps the absence of a paperback version, or the rising stock of Cavafy over that of Seferis, had something to do with it. The story of Seferis, born in Smyrna in 1900, is the story of the tragedy of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean in the 20th century.
- June 22nd, 2007
Lerman's last book, The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande), was one of the best books of poetry of 2001. She has followed up with Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds, evermore rueful, perturbed, and unexpectedly pleased in tone. Her voice always sounds as if she has someone particular in mind to address, as if she is, from the outset, assured of being heard by someone close at hand.