Recent Entries:

  • 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:

    Sally Ball

    on The Do-Over by Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande)

    Kevin Prufer

    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, 2015

    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.

  • March 15th, 2015

    Literary critics usually place Jean-Luc Benoziglio’s novels within the late century post-structuralist mode. His texts, they say, are presences in themselves, not intended to direct the reader’s gaze to a world beyond words. His parodic manner disparages literary conventions. And so on.

  • February 22nd, 2015

    Among the last living greats of post-WWII French literature, Roger Grenier seems to have known everyone and done everything. Now at 96, he has produced perhaps his final book, Palace of Books, a collection of ten essays on writing, writers, and readers. But Grenier shows little of the summing-up impulse, no wish to memorialize his bookshelves, promulgate standards, or crown champions.