Poetry

Hilarity and Form

Ben Lerner’s hilarity shares means and effects with a Cubist painting whose shards show a whole bottle from six angles. He recombines fragments of la

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The Verse Electric

Walt Whitman was the first American poet who could plausibly claim that he had made a permanent break with English verse; and he was also the first (o

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Making a Soul

Relying neither on traumatic anecdote nor on ostentatious materiality of language, Henri Cole marries verbal rigor to disciplines of memory and observ

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If it is worrisome when a poet seems to lose his touch, it is great fun when he plays on our worries. This is the rhetorical hustle with which Robert

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Anna Akhmatova

A Clockwork Doll

The common comparison of Ravikovitch with American poets like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton is not really apt: Ravikovitch writes about herself more ir

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