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Samizdat Blog · 52m ago

Revolutions Reviewed!

The always-interesting journal Galatea Resurrects has been kind enough to run a review of my recent book written with John Matthias and Jean Dibble, Revolutions: A Collaboration.  Ralph La Charity says some kind things.  He understands the relationsh...
Samizdat Blog · 4W ago

The Politics of Stupidity, or: The Prescience of Pierre Bourdieu

In the last years of his life, Pierre Bourdieu turned with increasing urgency to political...
Samizdat Blog · 1M ago

Arks & Covenants: The Poet as Aphorist & Essayist

Poussin's paintings, Shakespeare's epitaph, Thom Gunn's existentialism, and many other things animate the elegantly written essays in Alfred Corn's new collection of prose, Arks & Covenants. As fascinating as the essays are, though, my favorite part ...
Samizdat Blog · 1M ago

Laureate Poets and Heretic Poets in the TLS

I've always romanticized the Grand Old Literary Newsprint Journals—the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and, best of all, the Times Literary Supplement. It's not often I'...
Samizdat Blog · 1M ago

On Rhyme Out Now!

Rejoice! David Caplan has edited a collection of essays called On Rhyme, with contributio...
Samizdat Blog · 1M ago

Revolutions: A Collaboration — Or How to Write in the Age of Trump and Putin

How to write in the time of Trump and Putin? In words and images, John Matthias, Jean Dib...
Samizdat Blog · 2M ago

The Flash of Up: Reading Eric Elshtain

Here’s a poem called “Shawl Dance.” It’s by Eric Elshtain, from his 2015 book This Thin Me...
Samizdat Blog · 2M ago

In Which I Am Interviewed By The Huffington Post

The good people at the Huffington Post have interviewed me about what’s going on in the poetry world. Here’s a snippet:I’ve always thought the most uninteresting thing a critic can do is sa...
Samizdat Blog · 3M ago

When Revolution Was Sexy, or: Tania, Ché’s Woman in Bolivia

Not long ago, as I was shuffling my way through the local used bookshop, I saw a pristine copy of the November 1968 issue of Evergreen Review. William Burroughs! Céline! Nat Hentoff before h...
Samizdat Blog · 3M ago

His Swords and Armor: Michael Donaghy Remembered at Poetry Daily

Happy to say that "His Swords and Armor: Remembering Michael Donaghy" is available in its entirety at Poetry Daily.  The piece originally ran in The Hopkins Review.