Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry

Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry

STILL LIFE WITH TWO DEAD PEACOCKS AND A GIRL Poems By Diane Seuss 108 pp. Graywolf. Paper, $16. Image Death, class, gender and artwork are among the many entwined preoccupations on this marvelous, complicated, enticing, horrifying e-book, which permits life to spill out of the frames of the artworks offering events for the poems. Ekphrasis […]

A Choreographer Unafraid of Masterpieces Takes on T.S. Eliot

A Choreographer Unafraid of Masterpieces Takes on T.S. Eliot

First Bach, now T.S. Eliot. Pam Tanowitz has developed a behavior: choreographing to masterpieces. After final 12 months’s acclaimed collaboration with the pianist Simone Dinnerstein — an evening-length work set to Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations — her newest supply of inspiration is T.S. Eliot’s beloved “Four Quartets,” a 75-year-old poetic exploration of time and reminiscence. When […]

War Robbed Him of His Family, Then His Eyes, Then His Love

War Robbed Him of His Family, Then His Eyes, Then His Love

KABUL, Afghanistan — The final time Zaheer Ahmad Zindani thought he may nonetheless see, he was 17 and in a hospital mattress, closely drugged and coated with shrapnel wounds from a Taliban bomb. He requested the physician for a mirror. “The doctor told me, ‘Son, you don’t have eyes, how will you be able to […]

Opinion

Opinion

This White House has been, and is prone to stay, residence to the primary presidency in American historical past that’s virtually fully devoid of tradition. In the 17 months that Donald Trump has been in workplace, he has hosted just a few artists of any variety. One was the gun fetishist Ted Nugent. Another was […]

Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89

Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89

Since 1975, Mr. Hall had lived on a New Hampshire farm that had been in his household for generations. Growing up in suburban Hamden, Conn., he had spent his childhood summers on the homestead and written his first poems there, and he described his return as each a homecoming and a “coming home to the […]

Terrance Hayes Spins Poems Into Pictures

Terrance Hayes Spins Poems Into Pictures

In an try and remedy myself of the couple hundred poems I wrote entitled “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” I’ve been making drawings to accompany a couple of leftover fragments and features. After the election of Donald Trump, I discovered myself asking: “What is an American? What is this America that is […]

Making the Language Strange, as Only Poetry Can Do

Making the Language Strange, as Only Poetry Can Do

Hey Everythingtakes nice effort. Image The textual content stutters, doubles again and corrects itself — and appears to incorporate afterthoughts, alternate strains. In most of the poems, annotations seem alongside the proper margin, in brackets and a paler typeface, commenting on and complicating the “real” poem. For instance, one part of a poem known as […]

An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

WONDERLAND Poems By Matthew Dickman 74 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $26.95. My first thought in regards to the poems in Matthew Dickman’s new assortment, “Wonderland,” was: Why doesn’t each poet write this manner? That doesn’t imply that I need each poet to jot down irregular strains about his or her childhood, simply that […]

Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump’s America

Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump’s America

In his new ebook, he set himself the problem of writing political poems within the guise of affection poems. Each one is distinct: Some are sermons, some are swoons. They are acrid with tear fuel, and so they unravel with need. In some poems, the murderer of the title is that almost all prolific killer […]