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Susan Browne, on Her Award-Winning Book, Zephyr

Susan Browne, on Her Award-Winning Book, Zephyr

I recommend walking in nature every day to get beyond the usual self, the societal self, and meet up with the speaker who is more truly you.   First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of your second book, Zephyr, and on its being chosen as the Editor’s Choice for the 2009 Steel Toe Books […]

Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Różewicz

Sobbing Superpower by Tadeusz Różewicz

Różewicz draws attention to the defilement of language, and depicts its failure in the modern world by using the recurring image of a knife that has outlived its usefulness: we have filed it down to a dull instrument. Tadeusz Różewicz is often characterized as a poet of simple diction who denies the existence of grand ideas. Edward Hirsch fittingly introduces […]

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

In his new poetry collection, Days of Unwilling, Cal Bedient resurrects Odysseus to navigate a 21st century world, and more specifically, modern America. This new odyssey is not a narrative, epic poem, but rather a surprising, tragicomic exploration of the male ego, language, and American myth.   Bedient pegs Odysseus as the essence of machismo from the first poem, “What […]

Chronic by D.A. Powell

Chronic by D.A. Powell

Chronic marks the first time a truly Plathian anger has entered his work   With Chronic, D.A. Powell’s fourth collection of poetry since 1998, the poet introduces a change in tone and syntax that marks a shift in his approach to his subject matter.  Whereas Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails frequently address living with AIDS and specifics of the disease, Chronic […]


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