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"The pleasure in A Violent Streak is knowing [Stephanie] Warner will push the limit; just short of a game of literary chicken, she is never out of control.”" Elee Kraljii Gardiner • BCBOOKLOOK

"Lines such as ‘You are greatly disappointed in Obama’s foreign policy / You think the great American novelist in David Foster Wallace’ could have come directly from the Guy In Your MFA twitter account.”" Nell Osbourne • The Compass

"This past Super Moon Vernal Equinox, America lost one of its greatest poets. Linda Alouise Gregg was born on September 9, 1942, in Suffern, NY, with her twin sister, Louise Belinda Gregg. They subsequently grew up on the west coast in Marin County, riding horses in a camp their father ran, running with deer on hills that rolled from Forest Knolls all the way down to Point Reyes. Such paradisiacal landscapes figure prominently throughout Linda’s body of work.”" Timothy Liu • Literary Hub

"The limestone headstone bears the epitaph WB Yeats composed himself: 'Cast a cold Eye On Life, on death. Horseman, pass by!' Now, over 70 years after the burial, previously unseen colour film of the event has emerged which had lain in a box in attics and wardrobes in several different houses around the country." Eileen Magnier RTE
"When asked by a newspaper what I felt about the [UNESCO City of Literature] designation I mumbled something about not being sure what it meant but that if it resulted in practical initiatives that promoted literature then it would be a good thing. But even as I spoke the words I felt as if I had taken a mouthful of corporate chewing gum. It was as if the weight of official approval, of municipal and ministerial good cheer was somehow too much." Peter Sirr DRB
"This is Michelle O’Sullivan’s third collection; her first appeared in 2012. I had been attracted by single poems before then, but the weight of her three books, and especially this one, convinces me that her work deserves to find its way to attentive readers. Readers who will not try to fit her into any boxes narrower than the big one marked “poets”, who will appreciate her skill with language, her alertness to the deep music of the world." Eilean Ni Chuilleanain DRB
"Merwin was one of the world's greatest poets of loss, chronicling the human condition as well as the destruction of the environment wrought by industrialization with immense feeling as well as an ascetic sense of acceptance, inflected by his Buddhist practice. “One of the things that’s hard to talk to people about is that knowledge is all that we know—which is admirable and impressive and fantastic and unique—is nothing in comparison with what we don’t know," he wrote. "And it will always be nothing—the unknown is always going to be far greater. If you focus on anger, you lose touch with why you’re defending something in the first place: that you revere it and love it and respect it."" Bridget Read Vogue "Merwin was also a lifelong environmentalist. Over decades, he slowly transformed a plot of land on Maui’s north shore into a thriving, 19-acre palm forest." Hawaii News Now
"In an early formulation—a 1933 letter to R. P. Blackmur—he referred to “the Whitmanian trick of writing loose poetry about a loose country, or the Joycian trick of going crazy to express madness.”" Leo Robson • The New Yorker

"The differing accounts that readers form of Collins’s poetry cannot be proven false. One reader may find the collection entirely personal; another might find it remote as deep space. Who Is Mary Sue? will speak in as many voices as it has readers. Male writers have long been offered this multiplicity. Who Is Mary Sue? is a welcome example of a female writer claiming it for herself and for others." Lily Meyer Poetry
"There is a main axiom in art: you should respect the audience. I do not care about all this, nor do they bother me. You know the picture swallows us. I attempt my own images not to overlap reality. For me, poetry evolves formally through new language appointments. In fact, verbal, syntactic and formal experimentation is of great interest, but I do not consider poetry the theatricalisation of cliché." Yiannis Antiochou • Greek News Agenda

"He just wasn’t interested in the abstract. He wanted to get down to cases. I’m just thinking of his teaching twentieth-century poetry. He loved the thing itself. He loved the poems. He probably loved the poets, too. But as far as turning it into some wonderful philosophical something, no, not at all. He wasn’t interested in that." Nancy Gardner Williams Paris Review

New poems

Linda Gregg Literary Hub

Dianne Seuss Scoundrel Time

WS Merwin New Yorker

Aaron Poochigian New Criterion

Joshua Weiner The Manchester Review


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