Karma’s a critic (in this case)

In another post, recently, I wrote about the virtues of Michiko Kakutani of the NY Times -- her invisibility except where it counted most: in her reviews. But even there, she took books to task on their own terms.  She didn't make it about her. I used to edit somebody at the L.A. Times who … Continue reading Karma’s a critic (in this case)

A pale view of Hill

For I will consider my cat Jeoffry… We lost a major figure in the world of poetry at the end of June, Geoffrey Hill, and as I’ve scrolled through the posts of Call of the Siren, I realize I haven’t written very much lately … but when I have, some of it seems to have been … Continue reading A pale view of Hill

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