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Billy Collins’ Questions About Angels

Billy Collins served two successive terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, the highest honor this country can give a poet. Born in 1942 in New York City, Collins has published numerous collections and garnered, among other recognition, fellowships … Continue reading

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Constantine Cavafy, The Complete Poems of Cavafy

Modern Greece has produced an amazing body of literature including works by such luminaries as Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, and others. One of the most significant members of this select community is the poet Constantine Cavafy. The Complete Poems of … Continue reading

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Robert Frost’s A Boys’ Will and North of Boston

A Boy’s Will was Robert Frost’s first published collection, seeing print when he was nearly forty, in 1913. North of Boston, published in 1914, was his second collection. Published together, they provide a good signpost at the point where 19th-century … Continue reading

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Wisława Szymborska’s View With a Grain of Sand

Wisława Szymborska is a highly regarded Polish poet who has a long and distinguished career. Born in 1923 in Kornik, in western Poland, she studied Polish Literature and Sociology at Jagiellon University in Krakow, and has published sixteen collections; her … Continue reading

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Jim Carroll’s Fear of Dreaming

Jim Carroll is probably best known for his 1978 book The Basketball Diaries, which became a feature film with Leonardo DiCaprio, released in 1995. However, he first made his reputation as a poet. He had been widely pubished in various … Continue reading

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Mark Doty’s Sweet Machine

I don’t know if it’s possible for anyone not to be taken by Mark Doty’s poetry. Reading one or two (which I try to do with poetry, so as not to become too glib about it) is like eating one … Continue reading

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Basho’s On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho ( trans. Lucien Stryker)

Basho is, to many, synonymous with haiku. He took his name from a wide-leaf banana tree, rare in Japan, given to him by a student, which stood beside the door of his hut near Edo (modern Tokyo). Basho wrote during … Continue reading

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Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Black Mesa Poems

Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1952 and abandoned by his parents when he was two years old. After living with one of his grandparents for several years, he was placed in an orphanage and … Continue reading

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Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth

I’ve had one previous experience with fantasy in verse (well, unless one counts the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the like), and it wasn’t a happy one. Nevertheless, when Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth crossed my desk, I screwed my courage to … Continue reading

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Catherynne M. Valente’s Apocrypha and A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects

We chew scripture to keep from biting off our tongues as we seize and weep under the bodies of saints, our legs dislocate to take in the pristine coronae, until there is no Catherine left, only the numinous canon they … Continue reading

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Lawrence Schimel’s Fairy Tales for Writers/Charles Ardai’s The Good-Neighbor Policy: A Double-Cross in Double Dactyls

We are very fond of small presses here at Green Man Review, not least because they publish some of the most interesting things out there. Several years ago, A Midsummer Night’s Press was revived after a fairly lengthy hiatus. The … Continue reading

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Constance W. Hassett’s Christina Rossetti: The Patience of Style

I suppose it’s accurate to say that we live in an archaeological age. We in the West spend a great deal of time investigating and re-evaluating the past, sometimes to our benefit, sometimes not so much. There are, for example, … Continue reading

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Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson, eds.: The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales

The first thing one notices looking through the table of contents of The Poets’ Grimm is the overwhelming number of women contributors, a fact that editors Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson acknowledge in their introduction. They allude to several … Continue reading

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