Ange Mlinko, the recipient of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation, teaches in the creative writing program of the University of Houston. Her most recent book of poems is Shoulder Season.
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The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke fuses lament and praise, and mingles amazement about sheer existence with mystery and terror.
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Conlangs often succeed only in stripping language of its surprise.
Why do Frederick Seidel's champions consistently transform his weaknesses into virtues?
Is the history of English really the history of adult learners of a second language?
Instead of offering healing or empowerment, the poetry of Jennifer Moxley explores vulnerability and "wrong life."
Would a master thesaurus contain the history of human perception?
In The Winter Sun, Fanny Howe proves to be a reluctant and rebellious memoirist.
This is Lingo, a new occasional column about language. Is language acquisition uncanny or orphic?