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Scott Hightower

SELF POSSESSION, SELF INVENTION

The Blue Orchard, Jackson Taylor’s first novel, is the story of an indomitable  woman with a nature that seems to defy deforming pressures. If it sounds a bit like it has affinities with Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, one is not far off the mark.

LIBERTY LITERALLY REIFIED

We all have those poets on whom we lean heavily, poets with whom we need to walk on a frequent basis. I do not remember exactly how it was that Marie Ponsot’s Admit Impediment made its first appearance onto my quick-reach shelf; I only recall that it was in the mid 1980s.

POETRY: The Sublime in the Middle Ages

A new translation of some landmark Anglo-Saxon poems has arrived: Curious Masonry, translated by Christopher Patton. It does not matter if poems are old or new, or whatever the language: All poetry is a real or imagined flare-up of being.

POETRY: THE SUBLIME IN THE MIDDLE AGES

A new translation of some landmark Anglo-Saxon poems has arrived: Curious Masonry, translated by Christopher Patton. It does not matter if poems are old or new, or whatever the language—all poetry is a real or imagined flare-up of being.

Poetry: DIS/ADVANTAGED

Passion Maps is a generous new book of poems that charts ancient and complex subjects.

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JUL-AUG 2020

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