"Sometimes one fingers annihilation," he writes in a quiet moment of nuclear bombing, "before breaking into bliss."
Delight, Parnassians. Arthur Sze has returned.
The history of Russia in the 21st century has been almost as tumultuous as its 20th century history.
“Nabaneeta’s poetry is a precious addition to international literature.”
“Mphanza’s poetry is for sure African; it is also international, speaking to all continents and peoples. Good poetry transcends geographical borders.”
We’ve all, at some point, had this experience: tidying up, digging around, cleaning out the drawers, or fussing about the attic, we find . . .
“this collection is transcendent in its authority and eternal power.”
“Mehrotra is a major poet expanding the possibilities of poetry in English.”
“It is somewhere in the fearful and joyful fragility of love where Matthew Zapruder’s readers are brought ‘to that place beyond words.’”
“fine literature, from beyond the borders of the English-speaking sensibilities.
“Harjo evokes images, emotions, and places in a poetic biography of family perseverance. She proves sentiment.”
“Eve L. Ewing has achieved what the historian cannot. She has restored the blood and sweat to the historical record of a tragic moment in the history of the nation.”
“The sheer heft of the two volumes only hints at the vast poetical output of Ammons, a variegated array of poeticules and epics, intimate confessions and scientific hymns, wordplay and wond
“Harrison’s poetry transcends pedestrian landscapes to inspire sentimental memories, as if epiphanies.”
Appropriately, given the current challenges faced by women of color, the last few years have seen a resurgence and a reclaiming of the contributions of non-white, non-binary feminist poets.
“He who learns must suffer.
“Landau’s deft touch allows her to shape poems of subtle nuance and strength, poems that build paradox upon paradox . . .”
“In that larger tradition of transcendent art, if we let them into our hearts, these new poems from Jericho Brown will awe and unsettle us.”
“this is a book by a talented teller who tells his tales with love for his reader, cleverly but responsibly (never cheating literature), the beauty and imagery of the verse providing a thor
“perhaps Dawson is a gardener, gently lifting away weeds and leaving the reader ready for the seeds she will sow.”
“Bly writes with a naturalist’s eye and sage view to derive permanent human emotions from natural beauty. . . . an honor to read.”
“How the End First Showed is not merely a collection of Nigerian poems, it is an effort to forge transnational literature.”
“The natural and gritty images paint dynamic landscapes that balance myth and reality.”
In the September 26, 2002, issue of The New York Review of Books, in an article rather marvelously entitled “The Queen of Quinkdom,” Margaret Atwood tackled Ursula K. Le Guin.
“littered with genuinely brilliant poems. They could lure disenchanted rationalists back to poetry. They might ignite a new movement in a culture. They are wonderful.”
“This is deep music and clear, as the poet carries us to those places in the heart that ground and guide us.