Ange Mlinko is poetry editor of The Nation. The recipient of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation, she teaches in the creative writing program of the University of Houston. Her most recent book of poems is Marvelous Things Overheard.
A new edition of The First English Dictionary of Slang is a saucy survey of the rogue jargon of the late seventeenth century.
Is there a human language without birdsong in it?
Robert Duncan saw in H.D.'s poetry “The story of survival, the evolution of forms in which live survives.”
Has any book had a greater influence on the English language than the Bible?
How much does language tell us what to see, and hence what to think?
How and why do we use things like codes, jokes and slang to mask our meanings?
Revisiting an enduring guide to battered ornaments, elegant variations and Gr8 Db8s.
Nothing is simple in the poems of James Schuyler, not even the formal austerity of looking out a window.