Winter 2015: The Figure a Poem Makes
The Figure a Poem Makes (thank you, Mr. Frost!) will be the first issue of our 123rd year with work by and about six poets honored with the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry: Wendell Berry, Brendan Galvin, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Dana Gioia, and William Logan. This issue also includes poems by Francis Blessington, Timothy Riordan, Warren Leamon, George Monteiro, Jean Hollander, William Wenthe, Patricia Hooper, Deborah Warren, and Wyatt Prunty.
Amazing how the hands wash the body,
how a deck of cards gets back-shuffled,
and who was the first man to twiddle his thumbs?
not to mention what I am making this pencil do.
—Billy Collins, from “Lunch”
In addition you will find critical and biographical essays (like none we've seen lately!) on poets, who, if the SR were even older, would certainly have been honored with Dr. K.P.A. Taylor's generosity and vision (more on this below). The titles themselves are irresistible: "'Rich Refusals': Donald Justice and the New Critics," "We Are the Stuff Dreams Are Made On: John Berryman's Broken Humor," "'The Artiface of Eternity': Reading Yeats," and "Wordworth's Epic Imagination." More essays and reviews include those by Robert Buffington (on Tate), David Mason (on Gioia), Frederick Turner (on the Trivium), Robert W. Miles (on Bach), George Core (on Donald Hall), and Peter Makuck (on Philip Raisor).
Wordsworth found a way to make a long heroic poem modern and vital, free from antique mythology, encrusted literary convention, or winking campiness. He did it by making “the story of my life” and the vocation of poetry the matter of his epic and, iconoclastically, by making himself the epic’s hero.
—Robert Crossley, from “Wordsworth’s Epic Imagination”
But this issue is like Joseph's coat of many colors—so, along with the poetry, we present you two unforgettable stories—both of which feature protagonists who are young girls, but each who comes from a very different walk of life: "Jungle" by Gladys Swan and "Corruption of the Body" by Kathleen Ford.
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Find a list of books reviewed in this issue here.