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  • The Impersonal Zest of Wallace Stevens

    The Impersonal Zest of Wallace Stevens

    In Michael Hofmann‘s amusing and erudite review of Paul Mariani‘s latest biography, a predictably flabby rendition of the life of Wallace Stevens, Hofmann manages to dismantle Mariani while building up Stevens. By the end, we want to go back and read Stevens–if not from beginning to end, at least at the beginning and at the end.Read More

  • Goodtimes and Hill and Trommer—OH MY

    Goodtimes and Hill and Trommer—OH MY

    Green Chili for the Soul.Read More

  • February First Saturday Reading @ BookBar

    February First Saturday Reading @ BookBar

    Emily Pérez & Jodie Hollander Note new time: Poetry Happy Hour mingling from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Reading from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Emily Pérez is the author of the chapbook Backyard Migration Route. She holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Houston, where she was poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. Her poems have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Calyx, Borderlands, and DIAGRAM, and her full length book, House of Sugar, House of Stone, is forthcoming from the Center for Literary Publishing. She is a high school English teacher and dean and lives in Denver with her husband and sons.Read More

  • Bonnefoy on the Beginning of the Poem

    Bonnefoy on the Beginning of the Poem

    This from an interview with the great Yves Bonnefoy in the Paris Review (“The Art of Poetry No. 69“). The interviewer was Shusha Guppy. Interviewer: How does a poem come to you? Is it something that is given, that comes from outside? Bonnefoy: Nothing has ever been given to me. I do not know a situation in which a poem has been dictated by an “inspiration,” that it has been preceded by the feeling or the thought it’s going to express. What is usual for me is the desire to find myself once again within a specifically poetic idiom.Read More