Two Essays on Charles Simic by Donovan McAbee and Chard deNiord
Two Essays on Charles Simic by Donovan McAbee and Chard deNiord Charles Simic: An Appreciation from Donovan McAbee “This is not poetry…. It’s just words cut up into lines!” that was his assessment, anyway, though I disagreed vigorously and with some volume. The closest I’ve come to a screaming match in public, in the last few years at
Making, Spinning, Weaving Texts by Alfred CornIn Anglo-Saxon, the word for poet was “scop” (pronounced “shop”), which is related to the verb “scieppan,” “to shape.”
The Road Goes On Forever and The Party Never Ends by David Kirby
As both an eminent, award-winning American poet and music critic, David Kirby has published more than two dozen volumes of poetry, criticism, essays, children’s literature, pedagogy, and biography, including the definitive biography of Little Richard titled Little Richard The Birth of Rock and Roll. A frequent contributor to such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times
Doug Bytes: An unconventional essay by Doug Anderson
Doug Anderson’s essay for this month’s issue of Plume consists of twenty four paragraphs that appeared first as posts on Facebook over the past several years. They include a wide variety of incisive reflections on topics that I have dubbed Doug Bytes for their engaging takes on everything from writers block, old age, doctors who don’t listen, the first Women’s
ROOM AT THE TABLE by Charles CoeA Sunday afternoon in fall, after a big lunch, sitting with my father watching football, our favorite way of spending time together.
Finding the Measure: Robert Kelly, Deep Image and the New American Imagination by Stephan DelbosEditors played a key role in American poetry after World War II
The Light That Shines Out of the Marble by Chard DeNiord
THE LIGHT THAT SHINES OUT OF THE MARBLE In his visionary classic, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake avoids the influence of Milton and Dante by undermining their theological tropes with the heretical conceit that wisdom emanates from, of all places, Hell. Rather than following the traditionally sublime avenue from Hades to Heaven, like Dante
So I Would Move Among These Things: Maya Deren and The Witch’s Cradle by Fox Henry Frazier“I am hailed by all the girls as a sure poet,” Maya Deren wrote to her mother as a young undergraduate student.
Sven Birkerts on “The End” by Mark StrandI don’t know why this should be, but I find that many important things—I think of them as personal messages—come to me obliquely.
Done with Desire Forever: Color Music Poems of the 18th Century by Rosalind Holmes DuffyRegardless of how much eighteenth-century French poetry you read, you may be unfamiliar with the miniscule canon of verse about color music.
A Kind of Sorcery: On Shame, Defiance and Moral Imagination by Richard HoffmanA half-century ago, Kurt Vonnegut, in Slaughterhouse Five, wrote:
About Mending Walls…Sort of, by Sydney LeaThe COVID-19 scourge has moved a horde of people to my home state,