General Criticism

Wendy Xu’s “the years”

To appreciate Wendy Xu’s poem I begin insensate. Her sentences do not cohere, so I abandon them completely. Her line …

Oliver Bendorf’s “Title”

Oliver Bendorf’s definitely short, possibly bitter, possibly flip lyric formula poem “Title,” up recently at Blackbird, is ostensibly an oddity among …

Scott Cairns’ “Aspect”

Cairns’ “Aspect” impresses by virtue of its molecular fancy and romance. Though its discourse is redolent of Marvell—the conversational ‘event’ …