We are not a narrow tribe of men, with a bigoted Hebrew nationalitywhose blood has been debased in the attempt to ennoble it, by maintaining an exclusive succession among ourselves.
The Long View Back to the Gardens: Politics as Dissident Polis in Jonathan Lethem's Dissident GardensBy Benjamin Hollander
A year after its publication, Jonathan Lethems Dissident Gardens has received a range of reviews which have either praised or dismissed the novel: the only constant has been the reviewers focus: naturally, given the genre, it is on plot, characters, point of view, as well as on how Lethem writes the political.
Looking for (Mrs) Laura (Riding) Jackson, the anti-social peoples poet, from Jamaica (Queens) to Woodruff Avenue (Brooklyn)By Benjamin Hollander
Andrea Rexiliuss excellent piece on Laura (Riding) Jackson, Against the Commodity of the Poem, published in Coldfront, makes me wonder how far or how little we have come over 40 years, in terms of the questions: what is the role of poetry and whom does it serve?