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James Laughlin in his office in the White Cottage, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1941

The poems and a new biography of James Laughlin tells of his public success as a publisher and his private disappointments.

Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover’s second edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

Portrait of Adrienne Rich

A new collection of Adrienne Rich’s poems does not show her at her best.

Philip Larkin

Self-congratulation, deceptions and the art of failure.

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky’s Selected Poems shows that being popular doesn't entail being predictable.

Roy Fisher

The Midlands poet Roy Fisher has never aspired to a readership. All the more reason to welcome his Selected Poems.

The Grand Piano is a highbrow Friends—a collective history of the early years of Language poetry.

The best poems in Skin, Inc. have an excellent unconscious feeling, even when the news is bad and Thomas Sayers Ellis knows nobody is going to want to listen.

Waiting for Godot in New Orleans is a field guide to the life of an idea worked out in a community over eight months.

Two new collections of the poems of Jorge Luis Borges.


Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.

January 11, 2014

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.

August 16, 2011