Prose Feature: A Review of Peter Kline’s DEVIANTS (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), by Casey Thayer

February 13, 2015

While considering the literary quality of rap lyrics in a review of Glyn Maxwell’s On Poetry, Adam Newey writes, “You could argue that the whole direction of 20th-century poetry was towards weeding out poetry that was ‘poetic.’” One imagines Newey pointing to the abdication of the ruling iambic line, the renunciation of sestinas and pantoums […]

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Hog in Sloth, Fox in Stealth, Wolf in Greediness, Dog in Madness, Lion in Prey

February 9, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Amit Majmudar on “Work Experience” by Lance Larsen In poetry’s mutual-backscratching world, everybody knows everybody else; so you’d do well to bet that my picking Lance Larsen’s “Work Experience” to recommend to you on this blog might well relate to some longstanding friendship, email correspondence, or Facebook friend-status. You’d be wrong. I’d never read his […]

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Prose Feature: Knock, Breathe, Shine: A Review of Hailey Leithauser’s SWOOP (Graywolf Press, 2013), by Emily Wolahan

January 23, 2015

Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky has described the poetry he writes as emphasizing the physical quality of words. He advocates for us to read poems aloud, to let our breath become part of the poem and the poem part of our bodies. Swoop, Hailey Leithauser’s intoxicating first collection, understands the physical nature of words and […]

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Prose Feature: “Why Poems Don’t Make Sense” by Matthew Buckley Smith

December 19, 2014

But now commit no verses to the leaves Or they may be confused, shuffled and whirled By playing winds —Aeneid, Book VI “What do people like so much about poems that don’t make any sense?” my wife asked me the other day. It was an honest question. An acquaintance of ours had just published a […]

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Prose Feature: Magnetic Moments: A Review of W.S. Di Piero’s Tombo (McSweeney’s, 2014) by Erik Noonan

November 28, 2014

Earlier this year, for the first time, a group of scientists separated the properties of a subatomic particle from the particle itself, sending a neutron and its spin—also called its “magnetic moment”—briefly along different paths and then reuniting them. It’s believed that eventually the scientists’ results are going to expand our understanding of quantum mechanics by […]

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