‘Belief is possible at night’: Averill Curdy’s poetry

It was such a nice experience this week dipping into Averill Curdy’s "Song and Error," published a couple months ago by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and finding Ovid there. It’s a pleasure to pick up a book by a contemporary poet like Curdy (or Carol Ann Duffy, whose favorite seems to be Virgil) and find … Continue reading ‘Belief is possible at night’: Averill Curdy’s poetry

Carol Ann Duffy’s songs of the Earth

It almost sounds like British laureate Carol Ann Duffy is responding to news headlines about bee populations and cellphone usage when she says: Where bees pray on their knees, sing, praise
 In pear trees, plum trees; bees
 Are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.


 Guard them—against what? Cell phones? Against our environmental ignorance? Duffy … Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy’s songs of the Earth