A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"The rhythms of economic history show us that bull markets, even when they do not plunge headlong into their bearish counterparts, are subject to periodic corrections. These corrections, painful as they may feel in the short run, are a necessary part of the process in capitalist economies. Although the analogy will not please everyone, the rhythms of literary criticism often appear to move in comparable ways. With respect to poetry, interest in the formal patterns of verse has been enjoying a bullish stretch for perhaps a decade now, and it is time for a correction. In this case, what needs correction are some of the ways that readers of verse try to connect their observations about the formal patterns of that verse with what they think it is trying to say to them."—Stephen Cushman, On Middlebrow Formalism, or the Fallacy of Imitative Form Revisited
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"... critiquing the path of a river:"
Michael Andor Brodeur reviews Rocket and Lightship by Adam Kirsch. (The Boston Globe)
• From Rocket and Lightship and the PD archive: "Under the Volcano: Giacomo Leopardi"
"... unfailingly outspoken:"
Bruce Whiteman reviews Where Have You Been: Selected Essays, by Michael Hoffman. (Toronto Star)
• From Where Have You Been: Selected Essays and the PD archive: "Les Murray"
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- The Occasionist, Curt Anderson (Hip Pocket Press)
- The Night We're Not Sleeping In, Sean Bishop (Sarabande Books)
- Model of a City in Civil War, Adam Day (Sarabande Books)
- A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry, David Biespiel (Antilever Press)
- Her Father's Daughter, Nessa O'Mahony (Salmon Poetry)
- The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, Gailmarie Pahmeier (Black Rock Press)
- How the Light Gets In: New and Collected Poems 1969-2014, Kirk Robertson (Black Rock Press)
- Indelicate Angels, Ismael García Santillanes (Black Rock Press)
- Net Needle, Robert Adamson (Flood Editions)
- But Today Is Different, Sarah Stern (Resource Publications)
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