Friday Pick: Elizabeth Knapp’s “Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak”

Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak By Elizabeth Knapp Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2019, 73 pages   Reviewed by Francesca...
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The Night Circus | Review

To represent this life requires something out of the ordinary and in this diverse collection Uršula Kovalyk has found the imagery, focus, language and daring to have created something legitimately new.

And My Head Exploded | Review

This anthology broadens English-speakers’ perception of Czech culture by bringing new authors into the canon, and it clearly shows that, even in the 19th century, Czech literature was not simply a reflection of the Czechs’ search for a national identity.

Osip Mandelstam’s Selected Poems, Translated by Alistair Noon | Friday Pick

Starting with Mandelstam’s first book Stone and ending with his late uncollected poems, Noon's translations preserve the icy perfection of Mandelstam’s rhymes and rhythmic patterns.

Seth Rogoff, Thin Rising Vapors

Thin Rising Vapors by Seth Rogoff | Friday Pick

Rogoff’s strategy in portraying Abel’s solitary drama is to show it as the conflict between dimensions that are fundamentally at odds with each other: theory and practice, past and present, biology and soul.

Ailbhe Darcy’s Insistence | Friday Pick

Lines of poems by others are at the tips of Darcy’s fingers throughout Insistence pinned down into her own sinuous, insinuating lines.

Donald Hall (1928-2018)

Donald Hall was an inveterate New Englander. His life and work grew out of, and outgrew, his New England upbringing and residence, and even the concept of poetic place.

Julian Barnes, The Only Story | Friday Pick

The novels of Julian Barnes always have two levels: the worldly level on which the plot unfolds, and the second level, which is pure thought.

QUAD by Alistair Noon | Friday Pick

Despite my characterizing of Quad as elliptical, there is a clear distinction between narrative disjunction (abundant) and the formal repletion and bevelled finish of Noon’s quatrains (also abundant).

Red: The History of a Color | Friday Pick

Pastoureau’s description of the development of our associations with red is revealing, both of the color and ourselves.

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