Friday Pick: Cathal McCabe’s Outer Space

  Outer Space: Selected Poems By Cathal McCabe Metre Editions 2016, 144 pages It is not common to see a poet’s debut appended with...
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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.

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.

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

The Future of Genius

Does genius have a future in our understanding of literature?

Refresh Your Imagination: Evan Rail’s The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest | Friday Pick

Failing any opportunities for Kout-drinking in the UK, let me paraphrase the advertising slogan for a beer Evan Rail would never drink: with its intoxicating slow ferment of beer and history, The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest refreshes parts of the imagination that other writing just can’t reach.

Marvelous Indecision: Joshua Mehigan’s Accepting the Disaster | Friday Pick

Like an idiot savant, Mehigan tries to talk about every subject in as plain a manner as possible, but because the world is complex, sardonic, knowing, this often leads him to cliffs that give a shocking view of contemporary life.

Imaginative Structures: Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Monument” and Loren MacIver’s “Shack”

Bishop and MacIver share concerns with the ways in which perspective and perception shape one another.

Friday Pick: Sandor Jaszberenyi’s “The Devil is a Black Dog”

The response that arises from his feverish brain really isn’t all that different from the long literary tradition of the westerner coming to Asia or Africa in search of truth and spiritual clarity, except that these are far more dangerous times and he has come to their most dangerous places, finding a kind of Zen at the barrel of a Kalashnikov.

Friday Pick: “If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep” by Joe Wenderoth

A meta review of Joe Wenderoth's latest collection, in which the reviewer, Keith Driver, ends up reviewing his own annotation of Wenderoth's book.

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