Eleven Poets Recommend New & Recent Collections

Welcome back to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, eleven poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes:

Lisa Russ Spaar

on Honest Engine: Poems by Kyle Dargan (University of Georgia Press)

on The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani (Simon & Schuster)

On August 8, 1940, Wallace Stevens wrote a letter in response to questions from Hi Simons, a publisher then compiling a Stevens bibliography: “[T]here is a kind of secrecy between the poet and his poem which, once violated, affects the integrity of the poet.”

on Mr. Zed’s Reflections, prose fiction by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, tr. by Wieland Hoban (Seagull Books)

What do we know about Mr. Zed? Not much. The narrator of Mr. Zed’s Reflections begins with these meager details:

on At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)

In October 1973, OPEC declared an oil embargo on the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, cut production by 25%, and raised the price per barrel by 70%.

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