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The Charges

The Charges

I come from people who held slaves, and people who were put in ovens. So I have a sense there is very little one human being won’t do to another. — Jorie Graham in Harvard Magazine, 2001 &nb...

Everything Particular Is Irreplaceable

Everything Particular Is Irreplaceable

PICTURE YOURSELF vanishing without a trace. It’s not easily done. There is something so irrefutable about our own existence that the thought of vanishing into thin air seems horrifying, if not lit...

The Call to Transmission

The Call to Transmission

LOOK UP THE WORD “streaming,” and you will find it defined as a method of transmitting and receiving data. This has a crisp technological tinge to it that speaks to our reliance on media, and our ...

Truth in the Poetry of Chana Bloch

Truth in the Poetry of Chana Bloch

CHANA BLOCH’s distinguished oeuvre spans decades: The Secrets of the Tribe (Sheep Meadow Press, 1980), The Past Keeps Changing (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992), Mrs. Dumpty (Wisconsin Press, 1998), and ...

After Translation

After Translation

EZRA POUND occupies a central place in discussions of experimental modernist translation — and rightly so. In “Translation Wounds,” poet and translator Johannes Göransson writes, “Pound used ...

Languages of Myth and Art and Religion

Languages of Myth and Art and Religion

FAITHFUL AND Virtuous Night — Louise Glück’s title is at once familiar and utterly strange. In this, it’s like the book it titles. One can keep faith or be faithful during the night — virtue...

All About You

All About You

ANY POET WILL TELL YOU that it’s often the smallest words that pack the greatest whispers and punch. The word “you” contains volumes of nuance. It hangs commanding, accusative, or adoring. It’...

The Letters of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry

The Letters of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry

IT WOULD BE HARD to pick up a book of letters exchanged between Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry across some 40 years, without feeling considerable anticipation. Now in their 80s, both writers have manag...

Music and Lyric: On Poe’s Poetry

Music and Lyric: On Poe’s Poetry

I thank you as another reader would thank you for this vivid writing, this power which is felt! Your “Raven” has produced a sensation, a “fit horror,” here in England. Some of my friends are t...

A Child Unkennelled

A Child Unkennelled

IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SETUP for a joke: the time that John Berryman organized a foot race at a garden party. On a summer evening in Salt Lake City, in 1959, the poet was in his cups after lecturing at ...