Joseph Campana

Joseph Campana is a poet and professor of literature at Rice University. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and the forthcoming Natural Selections, and a forthcoming scholarly study The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham, 2012). 


  • Thomas Hart Benton and the Contradictions of Populism

    WHAT RELATIONSHIP TO the impossibly capacious idea of America could any one artist, or any one locale, have? Part, miniature, fragment, fractal? Walt Whitman audaciously asserted that "the United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem," and his poetry swings between ...

    • Criticism of Criticism of Criticism

      Criticism of Criticism of Criticism

      Illustration: Fox writing with a quill pen (1852) Courtesy of The New York Public Library  THE RENAISSANCE COURTIER and author Philip Sidney described poetry as "that which, in the noblest nations and languages that are known, hath been the first ...