Poetics

Malpaís / Badlands / Majesty

I don’t go to poems for skillful ease or what’s rote. I come seeking an empathic witness, what the Sufi calls ruhul seyrani—the …

Henri Cole’s Nothing to Declare

Few things embolden the iconoclast like punditry’s insistence on singing mediocrity. Like recent books by Louise Glück (whose Faithful and Virtuous …

Misunderstanding Poetry

I took the AP Literature examination near the end of my junior year in high school. From what I recall, …

Imaginative Surety

A used book was gifted me by the Ma: The New Poetry: An Anthology, published 1917, edited by Harriet Monroe. …

‘Edgy’ Poetry

Let’s be frank: the ‘edgy’ in poetry is a called-for characteristic of the most nebulous sort. Yet a cursory look …

Academic Confessionalism

Stephanie Rose Adams and I recently concluded that strands connecting every bit of especially bad verse—take nearly all the poems …