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Puttering into the new year

As I putter around the office today in anticipation of the deluge that the next few weeks will bring, I keep thinking about this line from one of Marianne Moore’s poems: There is a great amount of poetry in unconscious fastidiousness. “Critics and Connoisseurs” from Selected Poems (1935)

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Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate

The announcement came today. Here’s a review I wrote of her book, Native Guard, a few years back: Natasha Trethewey’s recent collection brings poetry back into the home. Or at least, it brought it back into mine. The elegant simplicity of her style often draped over complex forms is soft and inviting even when the […]

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Robert Pinsky on poetry

In Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry, Robert Pinsky posits that poetry, namely of the American poet, exists and struggles between the polarities of total undifferentiation and total fragmentation, between the colon (as in “colonial”) and the cult, between the social experiences of embarrassment and abandonment, and between the individual and the masses. Toward […]