Mimi Khalvati’s The Chine

I heard Marilyn Hacker read poems from this collection back in March at the PSA’s “Tribute to Carcanet Press and Michael Schmidt.” Khalvati’s a master of the poem sequence. Highlights of this book for me included the sequence “The Inwardness of Elephants” and her corona, or sonnet cycle “Love in an English August”–not only deft Read More …

Elizabeth Bishop’s (Alice Quinn’s, really) Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box

Clearly a labor of love for Alice Quinn. I found her copious endnotes far more pleasurable than the fragments and abandoned poems. Remind me to destroy my fragments folder before I die. My favorite quotes: “Translating poetry is like trying to put your feet into gloves.” “…the situation of the poet: the difficulty of combining Read More …