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Etymologies of Sadness

Etymologies of Sadness

“I SEE A WORD like a Russian nesting doll. How can I strip it to what its imagined core would be?” asks Hannah Sanghee Park in an interview with Jessica Laser. Her Walt Whitman Award–winning poe...

The Sinking Ship of the Into

The Sinking Ship of the Into

THE FIRST SENTENCE of the first new poem to appear by Christopher Gilbert in over two decades reads: “The into was music that said / ‘be alive’ and ‘willing.’” But I read these lines befor...

The Steady Unraveling of Days

The Steady Unraveling of Days

WILLIAM WRIGHT’S new collection of poems, Tree Heresies, lay unopened on my desk for weeks. Amid moving from Connecticut to Tennessee, summer teaching stints in Nashville and Raleigh, writing proje...

Synthetics

Synthetics

I THINK OF the aphorism as a sympathetic form. The aphorism is succinct, correct. It slinks shut, sometimes with a little snap or tone. Its brevity is a performance and thus requires skill, also a sou...

Withstanding Scrutiny

Withstanding Scrutiny

FOR ONE TO SPEND any quality time with the lone and often solitary figures that populate August Sander’s photographs of mostly ordinary people in Emblems of the Passing World, and Adam Kirsch’s sp...

The End of Tomorrow

The End of Tomorrow

Tomorrow someone will arrest you. And will say the evidence is that there was some problematic book in your house. Tomorrow someone will arrest you. And your friends will see, on TV, the media callin...

Free Speech, Minstrelsy, and the Avant-Garde

Free Speech, Minstrelsy, and the Avant-Garde

FEW RECENT CONTROVERSIES in US poetry have garnered as much infamy and mainstream media attention as two recent writing projects, by poet Vanessa Place and fellow avant-garde poet Kenneth Goldsmith, t...

Not a British Subject: Race and Poetry in the UK

Not a British Subject: Race and Poetry in the UK

As long as we have literature as a bulwark against intolerance, and as a force for change, then we have a chance. Europe needs writers to explicate this transition, for literature is plurality in acti...

Juan Felipe Herrera’s Global Voice and Vision

Juan Felipe Herrera’s Global Voice and Vision

WHEN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS made the official announcement on June 10 that Juan Felipe Herrera had been selected the next Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Latino to hold the honorary pos...