Reading and Writing Outside Thebes: In Praise of Syntax by Kimberly JohnsonIn 1939, at the queasy outset of the second World War, W. B. Yeats’s last published works appeared
BLURRED LINES, SOME THOUGHTS ON HYBRID, LIMINAL, AND PROSE POETRYIn his poem “In the Evening Air,” Theodor Roethke declares, “I’ll make a broken music or I’ll die.”
SUMMER UNDID ME: GUERLAIN IMPERIALE (BEDROOM), 1853Dear Reader, Fellow Perfume Testers and Collectors, Parfum Editors, Shunned Lovers Who Can No Longer Stand the
On Ross Gay’s Likely DispassionWhen is dispassion in a poem more passionate than heat?
Suspense, Suspension, and the Sublime in the Poetry of Robert Frost
Suspense, Suspension, and the Sublime in the Poetry of Robert Frost Robert Frost was a sublime poet who struck terror in both himself and his readers. Gifted with a prodigious capacity for what John Keats called “negative capability,” that is, the ability to exist “in uncertainty, Mystery, doubt”—and I would add suspense—“without any irritable reaching after fact and
The Reliable Stream: On A.R. Ammons’s The Complete Poems, V. 1 & 2, W.W. Norton 2017 by T.R. Hummer
This essay introduces new readers of Ammons’ work to the metaphysical courage of his ceaseless, restless poems, while also providing the first comprehensive overview of his Complete Poems from both a biographical and critical perspective. – Chard deNiord The Reliable Stream: On A.R. Ammons’s The Complete Poems, V. 1 & 2, W.W. Norton 2017 Human forms, as well as other
Walking into MetaphorA few weeks back, while snow persisted, no matter it was April, I headed into the woods, in part
“The Prose Poem and the Problem of Genre”When it comes to deciding on whether a work of short prose is a prose poem, a flash fiction,
My Own Private ParthenonBefore having met Linda Gregg
The Heart’s Emissary
I’m pleased to introduce Doug Anderson as this month’s guest essayist. A veteran of the Vietnam War and now peace activist, Doug has written some of the most powerful poems about the Vietnam War, many of which are included in his 1994 prize winning book The Moon Reflected Fire. I’m grateful to Doug for writing his trenchant essay “The Heart’s Emissary”
How to Write on Rat SkinDecades ago, when personal computers were still a novelty just being embraced by writers among others, I fell into argument with a famous older poet.
The Other by Chard DeNiord
THE OTHER In his great book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake records some of his wisest lines in a section ironically titled “Proverbs of Hell.” Unlike Dante and Milton, Blake believed that “energetic creators” presided in Hell where they created what he called “memorable fancy” in defiance of the “mind-forged manacles” of conventional morality and religion. One