Once Home, We Raised a Toast to Him and Drank

by HRM on September 1, 2013

I first met Gerald Fleming at a reading in Paris and was struck by his poems immediately. Sometimes I find it hard to describe what I like about poetry because, with the poetry I like best, it just works. It makes me feel like I’m more connected to the world, like I see things clearly.


An Animated World

by HRM on May 30, 2013

Robert Frost once said that poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. The abrupt, vivid violence of this metaphor is integral to the work of Arda Collins, albeit with just a touch more mystery. Collin’s poetry is a way of taking life by the throat, nearly strangling it, then letting go before embracing it tenderly, stealing its coat, leaving it gasping for breath on a suburban street corner just as the day turns to night.


American Poets take Paris

by HRM on July 11, 2012

The following is a transcription from the Q-and-A session from the “Acclaimed American Poets” event, this past Monday at Shakespeare and Company. Catherine Barnett, Matthew Rohrer, and Deborah Landau read from their new or recent collections, respectively The Game of Boxes, Destroyer and Preserver, and The Last Usable Hour.


Almost Invisible

by HRM on May 9, 2012

There is a particular feeling of reverence and fear I get when in the presence of greatness.
“Strand’s poems resonate with a shimmering sense of the infinite that befits his stature…His apparently simple lines have the eerie, seductive ring of the inevitable” – New York Times Book Review


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