by Jordan Windholz • from Other Psalms • University of North Texas Press
Jordan Windholz's work has been published in Best New Poets of 2007, Boston Review, and other journals.
"These poems are refreshingly alert to all of the formal necessities of contemporary poetry, recognizing the inadequacy of any single measure to encompass the human longing for presence." (Averill Curdy)
"'I merely live to work.' That's James Merrill replying to David Kalstone. Merrill had been needling him about how slow a writer he was, and Kalstone, a professor of literature, defended himself: 'Some of us have to work for a living'—referring to how little time he had left over after teaching.
"Typical of Merrill to turn a cliché on its head. Typical of him to pack a serious statement into a quip. As his friend pointed out, he had no need to work: the wealth he was born to ensured that. But rather than freeing him from work, his money allowed him to devote himself to the work he wanted to do. It was a kind of work—the writing of poetry—that drew on and shaped the rest of his life, giving meaning and design, a tone and a style, to everything he did. 'Poetry made me who I am,' he commented on another occasion, slyly reversing the usual relation between maker and made. —Langdon Hammer MORE
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April is here and, as always during Poetry Month and our annual fund drive, we've asked 21 poets (including Tarfia Faizullah, Peter Sirr, Luisa A. Igloria, and Joshua Mehigan, pictured here) to select poems to be delivered to you by e-mail Monday through Friday of each week in April — their favorites from among The Greats — and to add their comments on the poems.
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- Langdon Hammer
- Cecily Parks
- Lo Kwa Mei-en
- G. B. Ryan
- Joy Ladin
- Albert Goldbarth
- Alexandra Teague
- Nick Flynn
- Jalal Barzanji
- Ted Mathys
- Frank Stanford
- Paul Fericano
- Sandra Marchetti
- Naomi Guttman
- Edith Södergran, tr. Samuel Carters
- Hannah Sanghee Park
- Greg Watson
- Michael Kiesow Moore
- Monica and Emilio DeGrazia, ed.s
- Bart Sutter
- Daneen Wardrop
- Terrence Chiusano
- Pia Tafdrup, tr. David McDuff
- Rebecca Perry
- Yiannos Ritsos, tr. Rick M. Newton
- Judith Skillman
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Joanna Scutts on Rupert Brooke at the hundredth anniversary of his death.
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Alexander Alter profiles Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardloe.
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"Fate of the Writer: Shuttling Between Solitude and Engagement" MORE