1. Sometimes music is needed.

            2. Sometimes silence.

            3. A novel, like all written things, is a piece of music, the language demanding you make a sound as you read it.


Joan Silber

My high school girlfriend wanted me to marry her. Who gets married in high school?

            “My mother isn’t even married,” I said.


Rosanna Warren

The moon dragged her string-net bag of shadows through the boughs


A survey of ten recent, celebrated poetry books suggests that today’s poets have, in our unprecedented times, come upon an unprecedented discovery: each of us, it turns out, has a body. Actually, each of us has the body.


Moretto da Brescia, Portrait of a Dominican, Presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola, 1524

by Feisal G. Mohamed

God may not be dead, but He doesn’t get invited to many cocktail parties. In our elaborate and unwritten code of social conduct, we allow Him to make only the rarest of appearances, and even then on closely circumscribed terms .  .  .

from Harold Schechter’s Murderabilia

            Like every other atrocity that human beings have perpetrated against their own kind, child-snatching is undoubtedly as old as the species.  We know this, among other ways, from the folktales of the world.

This Just In

            In this essay I shall argue that the impact of translation upon poets and poetry in English has involved two main lines of reaction which might be characterized as “envy” and “identification.”

From “The Impact of Translation,” by Seamus Heaney, The Yale Review, Vol. 76, no. 1, Autumn 1986



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