- May 13th, 2015
With On Elizabeth Bishop, the novelist Colm Tóibín presents an appreciative introduction to Bishop’s life and work, as well as an occasion for Bishop lovers to pick The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 off the shelf and revive the old pleasures. Encountering her poetry, Bishop’s new readers have often wondered if she provides more or less than meets the eye.
- May 5th, 2015
Soon it was my turn to sit with the body.
They took away my navel orange and bottle of water,
since to chew and swallow, acts now impossible for the body,
would mock when respect is most required.
My cousins the lawyers sorted through things
in his apartment -- where’s the will, the accounts,
the insurance policy? He lived alone there
- April 20th, 2015
Welcome to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, twelve poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:
on The Do-Over by Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande)
on Digest by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)
- April 13th, 2015
Ban en Banlieue is a tour-de-force hybrid text, “an intense autobiography” whose performance notes, rituals, photographs, journal entries, short fictions, end-notes, and appendix Bhanu Kapil assembles in the aftermath of “a novel never written.” Kapil, a British-Indian emigrant living in Colorado, documents her failure to write a historical novel about a 1979 race riot in a mostly
- April 11th, 2015on White City Black City by Sharon Rotbard (MIT Press) and Letters to Palestine, Vijay Prashad, ed. (Verso)
Israeli architects are a contentious lot. In July 2002, the Israeli Association of United Architects canceled its participation at the World Congress of Architecture in Berlin after the Israeli leadership rejected its own catalog for presenting a hostile view of settlements in the West Bank.
- March 22nd, 2015
At the moment, I can’t think of a poet more consistently motivated by – and dependent on – her antagonists than Alice Fulton. In a 1990 essay, she writes, “If people notice an idea, they can argue against it, thus undermining it. But a more secluded assumption won’t be disabled.