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October 10, 2016, Issue

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  • Books and the Arts

    A Poet Undone

    Poetry defeats poems. Beguiled by this decorous paradox, Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry evades the art’s difficulty and strangeness.

    John Palattella

  • Seeing David Hammons

    Given that the artist is such a spectral presence, how can his multifarious oeuvre be summed up in a single retrospective survey?

    Barry Schwabsky

  • A Part of Denise Riley’s Song

    The shadow of ballad meter haunts Riley’s poems, which can never not be a sign of vitality.

    Ange Mlinko

  • Black as We Wanna Be

    Trying to remedy racism on its own intellectual terrain is like trying to extinguish a fire by striking another match. The fiction must be unbelieved, the fire stamped out.

    Matthew McKnight

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