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"Ashbery still has his ear to the ground, he's still listening, and the results are fun, funny, often wise, sometimes brilliant." Craig Morgan Teicher on John Ashbery's Planisphere • Bookforum "[S]ome seriously, mock-and-at-the-same-time-truly spectacular, and fun, poetic vividness," says Steven Fama.
"Proust’s prose, much like Ashbery’s poetry and creative prose, involves extended sentences that arrive flush with the passing of time; they do their best to hold off the 'certitude' or 'stopping point' of a period." John Deming • Coldfront
"Like Shakespeare, Yeats is inescapable." Robert Huddleston • Boston Review
"We move through our world by telling ourselves that we know where we are, when in fact the world is immune to our cartographies." Jessica Burstein on Mina Loy's "Lunar Baedeker" • Poetry
"'I have nothing but stony places to look forward to. This isolates me, of course, from those who can pass in and out of stony places with practised ease.'" Michael Wood on The Letters of T.S. Eliot, Vol. II: 1923-25 • London Review of Books Another view: Simon Heffer • The Telegraph
"[A] ruthlessly intelligent writer who refuses to eschew musicality or necessary difficulty for the sake of fashion or populism." Three views on Don Paterson's Rain: John McCullough • Horizon Review, Adam Newey • The Guardian and I.E. Sawmill • Literateur
"I’m interested in the life in shards, among shards, between shards, shard-to-shard." Kay Ryan • Poetry
"Paul Muldoon and the photographer Norman McBeath’s Plan B could be seen as a form of Facebook Scrabble where McBeath kindly sets out the letters for Muldoon to mount up a series of triple letter and triple word scores" George Szirtes • Poetry London
"The battle between 'purity' and 'plurality' begins." Stephen Ross • The Oxonian Review
"I think of myself as actually very traditional, but that doesn't mean I don't experiment." Keith Waldrop in conversation with Craig Morgan Teicher • National Book Foundation Citation here.
"To be able to live only in the two of you, and you in me--oh, that is an existence which would put us above all other humans." Friedrich von Schiller's 250th anniversary • The Observer Also: Christopher Metcalf • The Oxonian Review
"A little of this goes a long way, but you can still see it from here." Sean O'Brien on Faber New Poets 1-4 • The Guardian Also: Gillian Grafton • The Wolf
"You could never tell Wystan anything, just remind him of it." Alan Bennett • London Review of Books
"[The] poets [in Voice Recognition] who seem genuinely interested in doing something with form, language and voice . . . catch the reader's attention with an often quite pronounced sense of provisionality and unpredictability." Two views: David Kennedy • Stride and Sarah Crown • The Guardian
"A level of antagonism that to anyone unversed in the ways of poets would seem extraordinary" Blake Morrison • The Guardian
"Of all directors, [Jane] Campion stood a decent chance of paying due respect to [Keats's] high-flying genius, while at the same time proving that he was someone who kept close to the ground." Andrew Motion on Bright Star • The Guardian "Keats is now going to write Ode to a Nightingale. Yes he is. It's behind you! Tweet, tweet!" Tanya Gold has a contrasting view • The Guardian And: Frances Wilson • Times Literary Supplement. A letter in defense of Keats: John Barnard • Times Literary Supplement. Also: Keats's death mask.
"Without [the small press], the unifying . . . drone of the large, for-profit-only publishing houses will crush variation in literature." Independent publishers in conversation with Barbara Jane Reyes • Poetry Part two here. Part three here.
"The literary journal is dead. Long live the literary journal." Stefan Collini • Times Literary Supplement

"Telemachus runs a moving company. His truck is labeled: Metaphors." A.E. Stallings • Poetry
"I think true fidelity sometimes calls for smashing up." Linda Gregerson in conversation with Adam Day • Memorious

"The first lesson Empson taught was to slow down drastically." Jonathan Raban • London Review of Books
"One gives us the thought itself, the other the mind thinking." Hannah Brooks-Motl on British and American poetry • Contemporary Poetry Review

"Homer was himself a poet who sang for his supper." Anne Carson • Arion

"Look, a poem either sends you a bill or writes you a check." David Kirby on Amy Gerstler • The New York Times

New poems

Kathleen Winter Memorious

Conchitina Cruz Panitikan

Paul Violi Open Letters

Jo Shapcott Poetry London

C.K. Williams Poetry Review

John Gallaher Boston Review

Thomas James High Chair

Birhan Keskin Shearsman

Timothy Donnelly Paris Review

Derek Mahon Poetry Review

John Ashbery London Review of Books

Andrei Codrescu Caffeine Destiny

Jenny Bornholdt Manchester Review

Anne Carson Threepenny Review


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