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In his eagerly awaited second book, The Cloud Corporation, Timothy Donnelly's poetic evolution and mastery are even more distinctthat is, the poems in this new book, no less enwrapped and intoxicated with rhetoric, fully emerge.
Recently, I sat down to begin an e-mail exchange with Jerry Williams. His latest works include a collection of poetry entitled Admission (Carnegie Mellon, 2010) as well as the highly successful anthology Its Not You, Its Me: The Poetry of Breakup (Overlook Press, 2009)
Last summer, I sat down with Sieburth in a bar in New York and began talking about his career in translation in light of Ashberys then-recently released translation of Rimbauds Illuminations. Soon, our conversation shifted to arguably the 20th centurys greatest and most influential translator, Ezra Pound.
Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of sitting down at an Italian restaurant in the West Village and asking Benjamin Taylorauthor of two novels, Tales Out of School and The Book of Getting Even, and recent editor of Saul Bellow: Lettersabout his new book, Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay, a genre-bending travelogue that is part memoir, part history, part distillation of how ancient myths continue to shape our inner lives.
Since the late 1980s Jonathan Galassi has been editor-in-chief, President, and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the premier publishing houses based in New York City. But Galassis life in letters is even more storied and accomplished.
For a while I had a Freud finger puppet in the first canto. I was simply playing a game that might be called Find the Modern Equivalent for This Word in Dantes Inferno.
When Robert Lowell accepted a National Book Award in 1960, he conflated contemporary American poetry into an arbitrary division: the cooked and the raw. Pinning the dry academic formalism against the hopheaded, overheated eruptions of the Beats, he was doing more than cartooning actual tendencies and aesthetic divides.
Poetry criticism in our time has suffered a steady marginalization of print attention, to the greater disadvantage of poets, poetry enthusiasts, and the general reader. Even so, the last generations kingmakersHarold Bloom and Helen Vendlerhave loosened their grip on reliably championing the newest and most vital contemporary poetry.
Adam Fitzgerald edits Maggy Poetry Magazine and teaches poetry at Rutgers University and The New School. He lives in the East Village.
Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade and teaches creative writing at NYU and Rutgers University. He also directs The Home School. His second collection of poems, George Washington, is forthcoming this fall from W. W. Norton's historic Liveright imprint.