This is the anatomy of our being. This is our flesh, our muscles, our sinews and our limbs all tangled up beside each other. And this, is what they found when we left it all behind. Shinji Moon is eighteen years old living in Manhattan. She studies English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at NYU. She has published a book of poetry, The Anatomy of Being and has had poems published in The Alembic, West 10th,and Freckled Magazine.
Poetry. SOME NOTES ON MY PROGRAMMING finds Anselm Berrigan, Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, once more in funny, irritable, tip-top form. Surveying the Bush-era cultural landscape and not liking what it sees, the poetry herein confronts that reality in terms disgusted (“The group is/an asshole./Self-censorship/is the American avant-garde”) and terrifying (“Dreamt I was chopping off fingers/of mine with audience. Not cool”), encompassing odd disclosure (“I don’t want my brother to get a job ever”) and […]
“An Irish nationalist, who has spent much of his life translating Irish poetry while teaching in the United States, his vision is as uncomfortable as Samuel Beckett’s; most of the people in his poems are blown by: a poverty of spirit in the wind a shabby richness in braving it.’ “ The Times (London) “Thomas Kinsella is a Titan among Irish writers, in more senses than one. … With unique memorability and force these poems, in the words of ‘Belief and […]
Seamus Heaney’s first collection of poems is a very accessible and understated experiment in lyrical description. It was written in 1966 and what first strikes the contemporary is an adherence to metrical and rhyming (usually off-rhyming) patterns now considered undesirably strict. One quickly appreciates the earnest craftsmanship of these poems. This collection includes ideas he had presented at meetings of The Belfast Group. Death of a Naturalist won the Cholmondeley Award, the Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. The work […]
Stéphane Mallarmé was the most radically innovative of nineteenth-century poets, and a key figure in Modernism. His writings, with their richly sensuous texture and air of slyly intangible mystery, perplexed or outraged many early readers; yet no writer has more profoundly influenced the course of modern poetry – in English as well as in French. This is the fullest collection of Mallarmé’s poetry ever published in English, and the only edition in any language that presents his Poésies in the last arrangement […]
The Virtues of Poetry is an illuminating look at the many forms of poetry’s essential excellence by James Longenbach, a writer with “an ear as subtle and assured as any American poet now writing” (John Koethe) “This book proposes some of the virtues to which the next poem might aspire: boldness, change, compression, dilation, doubt, excess, inevitability, intimacy, otherness, particularity, restraint, shyness, surprise, and worldliness. The word ‘virtue’ came to English from Latin, via Old French, and while it has […]
“Few poets of the last thirty years have approached his diversity of formal innovations; few have communicated so intensively via performances and recordings, as often as not with integral musical settings; and few have proved so effective politically… a living modern classic for real.” —London Magazine “You can just hear the reggae drumbeat as his verse vacillates among fire, anger, fear, profound loss, and victory.” —Savoy Magazine, January 2007 “The man writes some of the most moving poetry to be found […]
From the time his first, futurist poems were published in 1912 until his suicide at the age of thirty-six, Vladimir Mayakovsky made theatrical appearances in his written work and perfected an iconoclastic voice James Schuyler called “the intimate yell.” As the poet laureate of the Russian Revolution, Mayakovsky led a generation that staked everything on the notion that an artist could fuse a public and a private self. But by the time of Stalin’s terror, the contradictions of the […]
Kaleidoscopic Omniscience is a new collection from lingual contortionist and poetic sage Will Alexander, featuring his early works – Asia & Haiti, The Stratospheric Canticles, and Impulse & Nothingness. Alexander’s prismatic and oracular voice cascades around bi-geographic confrontations, painterly morphologies, and the cosmology of the void. “[Alexander is] acutely conscious of the issue of poetic voice, and is unwilling to let poetry’s potential for ventriloquizing or exploring the voices of others be subsumed in an impersonal écriture or ultimately […]
Winner of both the Queen’s Gold Medal and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, James Fenton has given readers some of the most memorable lyric verse of the past decades, from the formal skill that marked his debut, “Terminal Moraine“, to the dramatic and political monologues of “The Memory of War” and “Children in Exile“, through to the unforgettable love poems of “Out of Danger” and his most recent work: poems is an essential selection by, as Stephen Spender put […]
For over three decades, James Dickey has been one of the nation’s most important poets and a prominent man of letters. The Whole Motion collects his poetic oeuvre into a single volume: 235 poems from his first book, Into the Stone (1960), to The Eagle’s Mile (1990), along with previously uncollected poems and unpublished “apprentice” works.
Charles Bernstein is our postmodern jester of American poesy, equal part surveyor of democratic vistas and scholar of avant-garde sensibilities. In a career spanning thirty-five years and forty books, he has challenged and provoked us with writing that is decidedly unafraid of the tensions between ordinary and poetic language, and between everyday life and its adversaries. Attack of the Difficult Poems, his latest collection of essays, gathers some of his most memorably irreverent work while addressing seriously and comprehensively the […]
Gregory Corso’s collection of poems, the first in eight years, contains works of major proportions. The title poem is a tribute to Jack Kerouac, fusing a memorial to the poet’s dead friend with a bitter lament for the present state of America. Reproduced in facsimile from Corso’s handwritten sheets, his marginal decorations, drawings and glyphs are included. The balance of the book is drawn from his shorter poems.
A 25th anniversary edition of a book cited by Modern Language Journal as “notable for the original and interesting choice of poems and for the accuracy and poetic quality of the translations.” Work by 14 Brazilian poets, including the late Joao Cabral de Melo Neto, is presented en face with translations by Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Ashley Brown, Jane Cooper, Richard Eberhart, Barbara Howes, June Jordan, Galway Kinnell, Jean Longland, James Merrill, W. S. Merwin, Louis Simpson, Mark Strand, Jean […]
Brandon Brown’s Flowering Mall transforms Baudelaire to revive what Rob Fitterman calls the “punk spirit that is French Symbolism.” Drifting through the Bay Area with his friends and lovers, Brown’s boulevardier discovers the hunger of undead poetry for more scornful representations of our silly human culture, resurrecting Fleur du Mal only to use it to drive a stake through the heart of his cravings. Camille Roy says, “It’s nothing like porn but it does deliver hysteria of recognition at our dear appetites, dashing […]