Tag Archives: Critique of Contemporary Poetry

I can’t leave the former well enough alone: Looking for every you after reading Sophie Klahr’s ‘The Flooded Field’

By Jean Macpherson Leaving the past behind is never simple. Like the ridiculous nature of encountering a long-lost high school boyfriend is tempting. You read the message over and over again. A year goes by, maybe longer. The message is … Continue reading

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Ah, Sweet Youth: Laura Read’s ‘Donut Parade’

By Jean Macpherson The rich creamy center of a Boston Crème, or the frightening sugar shock of a glazed donut. There is nothing delicate about the gut-heavy sensation of fried goodness. I made donuts for the first time for Hanukkah … Continue reading

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Preoccupied: Radius, Volume Two

By Victor D. Infante I’ve been struggling with Occupy poems, lately. Oh, I’m sure there are excellent ones out there, but I’ve been finding most of the ones we get here … thin. Too much head, not enough … I … Continue reading

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As the Potatoes Speak, They Observe: Poetry, Potatoes & Birth

By Jean Macpherson “Potatoes are especially sensitive to changes in soil moisture when they are forming tubers− between the time they flower and two weeks before harvest. Monitor soil moisture and water whenever the soil is dry more than 2 … Continue reading

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Where We Stand: Poetry, Legacy and Sorrow

By Victor D. Infante It would have been Erica Erdman’s birthday today, a fact the Internet has been reminding me of incessently. It’s a jarring little quirk of technology, this seeing the names and faces of dead friends appear unbidden … Continue reading

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The Impossible Conversation: In Praise of Heartbreak

By Victor D. Infante “There have been girls in this competition who can développé and pitch to the side and do 20 pirouettes and land perfectly … and I don’t care. You put your finger against a wall and you … Continue reading

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“Reading” Pinsky Reading

In Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry, Robert Pinsky writes: “The reader is not merely the performer of the poem, but an actual, living medium for the poem” (DCV 61). Note the “merely,” implying that there’s a difference between … Continue reading

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Afghan Women’s Poetry Collected by Sayd Bahodine Majrouh

By Lenore Weiss I discovered the poet Sayd Bahodine Majrouh on a flight from Oakland to New York. Prepared for the six-hour trip to visit my family, I had brought along a number of magazines from my dining room table. … Continue reading

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Don’t Look at Me: Emotive Associations Upon Reading Two Poems by Christie Ann Reynolds

By Jean Macpherson If you have a fear of losing your mind, or swaying on the ledge, stop reading. Go read something else like Oprah’s poetry issue.  Lit Number 19, Winter 2011 features two untitled poems or sections from I’m … Continue reading

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Clearly, Yes? A response to three poems by Stephanie Brown

By Jean Macpherson I am crying. This is typical. As an emotional being, I have become ever more so since becoming a mother and … growing older. Those of you above 40 likely scoff at my proposal, but it is … Continue reading

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