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Imperial Mashup: Aimee Suzara’s "Souvenir"

Imperial Mashup: Aimee Suzara’s "Souvenir"

IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, museum exhibits are but elaborate morgues, displays of postmortem objects meant to hint at their former lives, artifacts but arranged bones meant to perform a story. Photographs...

The Curse of Byron

The Curse of Byron

ONE OF THE MOST famous incidents in the course of the Romantic movement is the ghost-story challenge issued by George Gordon, Lord Byron, in the course of a summer evening in 1816 at the Villa Diodati...

The Work of Mourning

The Work of Mourning

THE FIRST POEM that sprang to mind when I tried to recall a modern elegy was “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter” by John Crowe Ransom. Ransom (1888–1974) is not a poet whose work I know well...

How Much Does "Does Poetry Matter" Matter?

How Much Does "Does Poetry Matter" Matter?

Image: Man Ray: "Poem, Paris, mai (may)," 1924   THIS WEEKEND, The New York Times went all in for poetry. In addition to six — count ‘em — articles about poetry in the Revi...

Death and Revelations

Death and Revelations

IF YOU FOLLOW contemporary poetry closely — and maybe even if you don’t — it can get all too easy to mistake the poetry for the debates about it: should it get populist, or turn digital, or spe...

The Squid Variations

The Squid Variations

THE AUTHOR of a book-length lyric essay needs a steady hand and a deep reservoir of confidence to make the project coalesce, through digression after digression, into a lively, natural work of art. Bu...

Girls of Spectacular Culture

Girls of Spectacular Culture

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer’s LARB Publishing Co...

Siegfried Sassoon and Palestine

Siegfried Sassoon and Palestine

On the rock-strewn hills I heard The anger of guns that shook Echoes along the glen. In my heart was the song of a bird, And the sorrowless tale of the brook, And scorn for the deeds of men. SIEGFRI...

An Almost Unheard Low Note

An Almost Unheard Low Note

MINNIE BRUCE PRATT is the author of six books of poetry. Her 1990 volume, Crime Against Nature, was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and won the Gay and Lesbian Book Award ...

When First Books Are Not First Books

When First Books Are Not First Books

SOME LITERARY CRITICS assume that first books of poetry will necessarily display a certain level of immaturity, even if revealing quite a bit of promise, or perhaps even prodigy. There is an expectati...