On Verse

Can You Call Her Sister? Amelia Rosselli on Sylvia Plath

When the Italian poet Amelia Rosselli took her life 33 years to the day that Sylvia Plath did the same, it was not her only tribute to the American writer,…

In the Beginnings of Emotion Exists an End: on Katy Lederer’s The bright red horse—and the blue—

And since the genesis of the objective body is only a moment in the constitution of the object, the body, by withdrawing from the objective world, will carry with it…

Szymborska as Prophet

There is a stark difference between the universal and the cultural, the true and the rational, and voice and language. In The End and the Beginning, as in her other…

Stealing Liam Rector

When I was a boy a boy when I was boy I thought the language was a language Would send me everywhere there was to go. I thought there was…

Vision as palimpsest: on Johannes Göransson’s translations of Ann Jäderlund

Translations emit. They pull us in and push at us at once. Emit, that curious word: it’s time spelt backward. Translation makes time go backward. Translation’s process … helps me…

Shields: A poem founds the world it finds

Editor’s note: The following essay is excerpted from Of Silence and Song, a book of essays, fragments, and poems forthcoming from Milkweed Editions (December 2017). Reading Hesiod on the shuttle bus to the…

The authority to say anything at all

When I was a Catholic teenager, I was an altar server and reader at my parish church. Our parish priest was forward-thinking. At one Easter Vigil Mass, I played the…

Conjuring Green with Natalie Diaz

This is the drill when it comes to poetry workshops: print out enough copies of your poem, read it to a room full of strangers, and engage in a sort…

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