Poetry

Now It's Dark (Wesleyan Poetry) by Peter Gizzi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780819579874
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - December 8th, 2020

These sleek, disturbing, abstract verses from the man play your mind with delicate experimental theater. "All I want/is the word/to reveal the day," Gizzi says, and it does, but only as the poet sheds the veil. An experience like breathing in water. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Vinegar Hill: Poems by Colm Tóibín - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807006535
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Published: Beacon Press - April 12th, 2022

Varied narrative poems encompassing, among other things, gay life in Dublin, reflections on art and religion, Covid, and a visit to the Obama White House. Toibin's willingness to examine large and minute events, and the feelings they inspire, gives his poems a welcome air of generosity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Stranger by Night: Poems by Edward Hirsch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524711702
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

Reflective, nostalgic poems that veer clear of sentimentality. Hirsch molds his experiences with a deft, direct lyrical touch that recognizes and respects the lasting influence of the past. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Gold by Rumi - Book Review

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By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

I was immediately taken by the first poem in this beautiful translation of Rumi's work. It is interesting to see how much of the human experience hasn't changed. We love, we hurt, we hope and we persist. These poems capture that. Treat yourself to Rumi! ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons): Poetry by Barbara Kingsolver - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062993083
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Published: Harper - September 22nd, 2020

At times conceptual and artistic and others firmly rooted in the ground, in the here and now, and then, Barbara Kingsolver forges a path wandering somewhere between Yoko Ono and Alice Munro as she delivers thoughts on life, on writing, and on all the humanness she has experienced and witnessed. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Old Poets: Reminiscences and Opinions by Donald Hall - Book Review

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By Donald Hall, Wesley McNair (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781567926958
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - December 28th, 2021

This book is such a charmer–and a great pleasure to see return to print. Originally published in 1978 as Remembering Poets, I first devoured the 1992 revision with the Yeatsian title Their Ancient Glittering Eyes. Donald Hall, the former poet laureate, collects his reminiscences of the modern poets Eliot, Pound, Frost, Moore, Macleish, Winters, and Dylan Thomas, encountered in his youth, often interviewing them for the Paris Review. It is a wonderful contribution to what he himself calls the genre of “literary gossip.” Funny, moving, and delicious, this is a great book for poetry lovers. Vain, crotchety Frost comes off better than expected, Thomas, enormously drunk, worse. The portrait of the treasonous Pound is surprisingly affecting. Eliot, imperious, archly comic, like no writer since. And Marianne Moore, unforgettable, serving the interviewer Fritos, cheez whiz, and 7 raisins in a cupcake liner. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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