A Summer Evening

About the Book: “A Summer Evening urgently and beautifully explores conflicting circular and linear sensations of time. Embodying that dismembering dichotomy in undated digital time-markers–thus refusing to indicate whether we are, at any given moment, moving forward or backward–it compels us to leap to increasingly vertigo-laden temporal assumptions that, like some fraying net, tighten to […]

The Maximum

DESCRIPTION: Chapbook. 40 pages. 5 ½ x 5 ½ inches. (2008). Edition of 80 copies. $7 Just read—a first real read—The Maximum and think it is everything I am currently searching and hoping for in poetry: how a two-word poem, “Some Day,” holds such worlds of feeling times thought condensed…this is the seashell Valéry talks […]

Some Kinds of Poems

This is a set of poems (each with the word “poem” in its title) unpretentiously calling the nature of poetry into question. These are small, brilliant, desperate songs, each skewed yet accurate. Foust discovers the uncanny with every turn of phrase. I might say these poems are a kind of (black) magic, but Foust says: […]

Design

About the Book: “Sally Keith’s gift to us is an experience of the world rich and intensely present to mind: simple because fully known, as if for the first time; and also complex because profoundly analyzed, not by means of abstraction but by a visionary intimacy with the texture and grain of feeling. This is […]

Popular Music

About the Book: “In this beautiful debut volume, Stephen Burt, in poetic actions that range with unusual ease from prose to sonnets and free verse, explorers the sensation of selfhood as it presents itself, in all its fractured parts, for re-formation. His speaker moves from the longing to ’be someone else’ – to rid himself […]

Palma Cathedral

About the Book: “There is a Wordsworthian grandeur about Michael White’s poems, a rhetorical and emotional fullness that is breathtaking. His attention to the shifting complexity of the natural world, his precise diction, his finely tuned cadences carry with them an unusual power, an immense gravity. Reading him, one feels the irresistible pull of belief […]