Articles by: S. Wilde

Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine

Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine

In Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine take a new approach to Marina Tsvetaeva’s work by interspersing poems with fragments of prose from her “daybooks,” prose books described by one critic as a “lyric diary.” The book is formatted as an assortment of tasty Tsvetaeva tidbits: poems juxtaposed with prose excerpts, and Kaminsky’s afterword, […]

Moya Cannon

An Interview with Moya Cannon

I found Carrying the Songs a great introduction to your poetry. It displays the elegance of your poems, your strong, sensual connection to nature, and your musicality in both subject matter and technique. There is tremendous musicality in your poems and music is often a subject or symbol. It is obvious that you have a deep personal relationship with rhythm […]

Jane Hirshfield: Articulation: An Assay

Jane Hirshfield: Articulation: An Assay

“Yet the speaking tongue is supple, / untroubled by bone.”   Jane Hirshfield’s “Articulation: An Assay” addresses when articulation begins and how it occurs, in part by addressing the physical aspects of speech. The tongue, “untroubled by bone,” is able to flex and move to form sounds that become words. One doesn’t often think of bones as troublesome. In this […]

Please by Jericho Brown

Please by Jericho Brown

What can a poet teach us about using music to discover new approaches to popular culture, family, racial and sexual identity? Jericho Brown’s debut volume, Please, explores musical themes, variations, and contemporary musicians, including personas such as Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, and Marvin Gaye. Many poems are explicitly about music—the persona poems, certainly, and also a series of poems with […]

Carrying the Songs by Moya Cannon

Carrying the Songs by Moya Cannon

Moya Cannon’s latest collection, Carrying the Songs, features stunning new poems along with selected poems from her previous collections, Oar and The Parchment Boat.   Cannon’s title poem begins with the lines: “It was always those with little else to carry / who carried the songs.”  Her insights into the deep human need for music are deft and evocative. Music […]