JAMES O'CONNOR is a poet, playwright, and translator from Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor and translator of Against Heaven, the Selected Poems of Dulce Maria Loynaz.
Herbert, who won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1995, is a titan of not only Polish poetry, but of twentieth-century European poetry. His celebrated alter ego, Mr. Cogito, ranks as the one of the most original characters in modern poetry.
The major poetic idea in the world is and always has been the idea of God. That is not Charles Wright. Its Wallace Stevens quoted in Wrights collection of prose improvisations, Halflife. Reading Wrights poetry, its easy to understand the poets sympathy with Stevens.