A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"To call an author—especially a poet—conventional is, usually, an insult. But maybe it shouldn't be. Modernism taught us to prize poets who seemed sui generis, reinventing whatever they used. Yet even those poets—even Gertrude Stein, never mind Yeats—encountered, and learned, and passed on complex conventions, if not from older poetry then from other parts of language and culture. No artist can throw out every convention at once. To learn to enjoy a poet, and to think we understand what a poet is doing, is to learn to understand that poet's conventions: to see what's new, and what's changed, in poets who seem (at first) to repeat themselves, and to recognize patterns, repetitions, inheritance in work that seems alien, chaotic, or all too new."—Stephen Burt, Poetry in Review
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"Pretending that poetry is science is... part of the problem, not the solution."
Helen Vendler's The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar: Essays on Poetry and Poets reviewed by Daniel Swift. (The Spectator)
Recently Arrived Titles
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- A Small Story About the Sky, Alberto Ríos (Copper Canyon Press)
- That Winter the Wolf Came, Juliana Spahr (Commune Editions)
- So Bright to Blind, Kyle Laws (Five Oaks Press)
- Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello, John Bradley (The Word Works)
- Tidal, Josh Kalscheur (Four Way Books)
- Repetition, Rebecca Reilly (Four Way Books)
- Lighting the Shadow, Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Four Way Books)
- Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen, David Schneider (University of California Press)
- Jutland, Selima Hill (Bloodaxe Books / Dufour Editions, Inc.)
- Goldberg-Variations, Charles Wyatt (Carolina Wren Press)
- What Else Could It Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations, Ravi Shankar (Carolina Wren Press)
- The Vishnu Bird, Kathryn Stripling Byer (Jacar Press)
- Grayling, Jenifer Browne Lawrence (Perugia Press)
- Sun, Moon, Salt, Nancy White (The Word Works)
- The Early House, Justin Quinn (Gallery Books)
- There Now, Eamon Grennan (Gallery Books)
- What Just Happened, Sara Berkeley Tolchin (Gallery Books)
- The Opposite of People, Patrick Ryan Frank (Four Way Books)
- Boys of My Youth, Rebecca Okrent (Four Way Books)
- All Pilgrim, Stephanie Ford (Four Way Books)
- The Cumulus Effect, J. Mae Barizo (Four Way Books)
- The Man with Many Pens, Jonathan Wells (Four Way Books)
- Longevity, Laurel Blossom (Four Way Books)
- Pax Americana, Paul Otremba (Four Way Books)
- Series | India, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (Four Way Books)
- Listen & Other Stories, Liam Callanan (Four Way Books)
- Navigation, Brittney Corrigan (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press)
- 40 Weeks, Brittney Corrigan (Finishing Line Press)
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