Joshua Corey reviews Katy Bohinc’s “Scorpio”Ralph Waldo Emerson described “the poet” as one who saw through appearances, and made that seeing-
Joshua Corey reviews Amish Trivedi’s “Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed”
E PLURIBUS UNUM Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed Amish Trivedi Shearsman Books $17 paperback, 84 pp. January 2019 Amish Trivedi’s second full-length collection takes its epigraph from Joseph Ceravolo, who assembled Transmigration Solo, a collection of his earliest poems, by intuition and feel. “Whether I chose for contrast or for similarity of mood, I don’t know,” Ceravolo
Republic Cafe by David Biespiel reviewed by Craig Brandis
Republic Café is David Biespiel’s sixth book of poetry. It is arguably his finest work. Loosely based on Alain Resnais’ romantic drama film Hiroshima Mon Amour, this book-length poem borrows the movie’s main storyline and recasts it as a shape-shifting Noh play, presented in 54 numbered sections. The story follows two lovers over a 36-hour period as they meet and
Like by A.E. Stallings reviewed by Devin King
LOST OBJECTS At the beginning of Book Two of Lucretius’ The Nature Of Things—Book One, you’ll remember, sets up that the universe is built from atoms and the idea of the clinamen—Lucretius writes what to me is one of the more difficult of his arguments to adjust to a present ethics of encounter. Here’s A.E. Stallings’ translation of the lines
Now That the Audience is Assembled by David Grubbs reviewed by Devin KingVOCATION FOR LONGING
Unshored Fragments: Dimitris Lyacos’ Post-Tragic Trilogy reviewed by Ilias BistolasAs long as a match stays alight.
Mark Scroggins’ “Pressure Dressing”, reviewed by Joshua CoreyWhat do you want? What would make you happier?
Mystery and Surprise: Two Chinese Poets; reviewed by Alexander Dickow
The contemporary Chinese poet Mang Ke and the Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin (9th century) could hardly be more different. The former, particularly in the later poems of the chronologically arranged collection, seems fresh and spontaneous, capricious; the latter hermetic and mysterious.
I Remember Nightfall: Marosa Di Giorgio, reviewed by Johannes GöranssonUntil recently, the great Uruguayan poet Marosa Di Giorgio (1932-2000) was largely untranslated.
Immanent Foundation: Norman Finkelstein, reviewed by Joshua Corey
“Decision,” the first poem in Norman Finkelstein’s new book, announces an end to preliminaries and prolegomena: you must decide for the sake of whatever you love, whatever it is you still would cherish. Here is the formula. Here is the program. Here is the talisman. Here is the code.
Crawlspace: Nikki Wallschlaeger, reviewed by Timothy Otte
Poetic forms are constraints. A constraint gives form and body, and also creates space. A body is a constraint. A sonnet is a constraint. A body is a sonnet and a room is a sonnet. And like bodies and rooms, sonnets take different shapes, variations on a theme: limbs, torso, head; walls, window, door; fourteen lines, argument, volta.
Cruel Futures: Carmen Giménez Smith, reviewed by Sarah Huener
From its first pages, Cruel Futures is a book of intense assuredness. Carmen Giménez Smith’s latest book is richly lyrical, and dense with honesty. Her writing combines momentum with variety to keep the book lively.