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on A Murmuration of Starlings, poems by Jake Adam York (Southern Illinois University Press)

I remember the bulletin: An Eastern Airlines commuter prop-jet had crashed into Boston Harbor after take-off from Logan Airport, less than 10 miles from our house. I was 10-years old. A little research shows that the date was October 4, 1960; the accident occurred around 5:45 pm, and I would have been watching the six o’clock news with my grandfather before dinner.

on Classical Chinese Poetry, an anthology translated and edited by David Hinton (Farrar Straus Giroux)

David Hinton is the most productive translator of Chinese literature and poetry in English of the past ten years. He is also one of the most accomplished of all time. When the New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry appeared in 2003, editor Eliot Weinberger focused on five major translators: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder and Hinton.

Poetry of Note: Books by Susan Settlemyre Williams, Robert Bly, and Norman S. Shapiro

on Ashes in Midair, poems by Susan Settlemyre Williams (Many Mountains Moving Press)

on The English Major, a novel by Jim Harrison (Grove Press)

In a New York Times interview last year, Jim Harrison told Charles McGrath that he wrote The English Major at top speed – even though he rationed himself to one page per day.

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