Elizabeth Bishop

Mariana Machova’s Elizabeth Bishop and Translation | Friday Pick

  Elizabeth Bishop and Translation By Mariana Machová Lexington Books 2016, 182 pp “Is it lack of imagination that makes us come /...
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Rachel Custer

Rachel Custer’s The Temple She Became | Friday Pick

With its frequent themes of molestation and violence, The Temple She Became is not an easy book to read, but it is a beautiful book, a book that is deeply and disturbingly moving.

Bohuslav Reynek

Justin Quinn: Bohuslav Reynek’s Journeys

By remembering how many foreign debts anglophone poetry has accrued over the centuries of its existence ... we are reminded that a poet like Reynek, who seems to emerge from a faraway country of which we know little, is part of the same tradition ... This is lyric poetry of a type in which the poet uses certain patterns of rhyme and pacing that many previous generations have. It is a way of finding likenesses in both words and the world, or sometimes impressing phonic likenesses on disparate experiences, and savoring the phases of that difference.

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Dennis O’Driscoll’s Update | Friday Pick

O'Driscoll's analytic approach to reality, which shaped his poetry, partly comes from his life-long fondness for Eastern European writers.

Caitríona O’Reilly

Talking Silence: Caitriona O’Reilly’s Geis | Friday Pick

O’Reilly’s intriguingly obscure poems offer peeks into the unspoken and wilfully ignored aspects of being.

Cathal McCabe

Friday Pick: Cathal McCabe’s Outer Space

The most powerful poems in McCabe’s belated debut are arguably those that subtly twist traditional form and subject matter.

Ales Debeljak

Richard Jackson | Between Two Worlds: Ales Debeljak’s Dialectic Vision

In the end, he realizes it is art, the poem, that allows this vision: “butterflies, freed / from tapestries, would not survive on their own” unless the poet can preserve them. It is art after all that holds all time, all selves in a delicate harmony.

salter

Life Passing into Pages: James Salter (1925-2015)

This magic, created by portraying the ideal life, full of pleasure, fine food, tailored clothes, beautiful architecture, and sex, presented in a prose that instantly elicits the desired images and emotions in the reader, is Salter’s legacy.

Nick Demske

Friday Pick Classics: Nick Demske by Nick Demske

The core of Demske's strength lies in his dextrous and conscious use of language - both quotidian and profane

Robert Archambeau

The Future of Genius

Does genius have a future in our understanding of literature?

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