Friday Pick: Truth, Justice, & Jheri Curls

  Seeing By José Saramago Translated by Margaret Jull Costa Harvill Secker, 2006 353 pages In Nobel Prize-winning novelist José...
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Friday Pick: #HenryCore

Like Eminem, Berryman possessed an uncanny control of language, a twisted sensibility evinced in pulverized syntax, and the addict's need to turn his harrowing life into lyrics.

Friday Pick: What Poets Are Like

The best essays here express frank opinions about the struggles of being a poet in a society that cares more about twerking than trochees.

Friday Pick: George F. Butterick

Butterick's poetry, while often open-ended, shows a wit and a lust for life that is rare in much of the poetry of his era.

Friday Pick: 3 Ways Of Looking At Robert Duncan

A poem does not persuade, it entertains our senses.

Friday Pick: Murder In Prague

There are few lines of work where mononymity is considered suitable. Roman emperor, potent Brazilian striker, blond American pop star, mustachioed European dictator and sleigh-driving reindeer are among them. And so it is for the discerning detective.

Friday Pick: August Kleinzahler

In poetry and in prose, August Kleinzahler is a writer of attitude, which is to say voice. By casting his voice on such a variety of subjects, he achieves the flexible immutability of a jazz solo.

Eugenio Montale

All the stuffing of the body is released—softly—/ and reappears,/ stifled and distant: it consumes itself./ Not so much heard, as breathed.

Friday Pick: Roque Dalton’s “Tavern”

"Tavern" is a significant long poem that captures the tenor of mid-1960s Prague, and all its attendent political, social, and literary uproars. It does so with an inventive and complex structure that puts Dalton on the edge of the mid-century Spanish-language avant-garde.

Friday Pick: Chard deNiord’s Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs

It's difficult to recall a book published in recent years that has contained as much poetic wisdom as Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, a collection of interviews and essays on senior American poets including Jack Gilbert, Maxine Kumin, Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, and Lucille Clifton.

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