Hill among the publicists

I admire Geoffrey Hill and his work (especially Mercian Hymns). I had the wonderful opportunity to study with him in the 1990s at Boston University, and I consider the experience -- learning about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Sir Thomas Wyatt, John Dowland etc. -- a highpoint of my grad school career. But when I opened the pages of … Continue reading Hill among the publicists

‘So here, now, is my testament’: Q & A with poet Raymond Jacobs

  Who is willing to write long-form poetry anymore?  Most of the books on the poetry shelves in your local bookstore are skinny -- unless it's a "collected works" edition of an established poet's writing. Poetry has always been a risky market -- risky for publishers -- and today the prospects for poets seem more … Continue reading ‘So here, now, is my testament’: Q & A with poet Raymond Jacobs

The Wright choice for poet laureate

The Library of Congress exercised superb judgment earlier this month by selecting Charles Wright to succeed Natasha Trethewey as  U.S. poet laureate. There are few modern giants still standing in the world of poetry -- there's W.S. Merwin, of course, but I have a hard time identifying too many others (I welcome any and all of … Continue reading The Wright choice for poet laureate