Toward a wilder review

Book art by Gretha Scholtz.

In “Book Reviews: A Tortured History,” published in The Atlantic in April 2012, Sarah Fay outlines a modern history of book review culture in which the primary question, as it tends to be today, is whether overly glowing book reviews or completely damning ones are ever productive ways to become aware of or understand literature.

Dear Aaron Shurin Michael Kelleher
Becoming-language Jay Besemer
Dear Andrew Levy Michael Kelleher
Creative defense Megan Burns
Dear Danielle Pafunda Michael Kelleher
Dear Diane Wald Michael Kelleher
Dear Garrett Caples Michael Kelleher
Dear Kate Greenstreet Michael Kelleher
Dear Mikhail Epstein Michael Kelleher
Dear Stephen Motika Michael Kelleher
Dear Tyrone Williams Michael Kelleher

On the poet-scholar

Hillary Gravendyk (photo courtesy of Benjamin Burrill).

The poet and literary critic Hillary Gravendyk organized a roundtable on the “Poet-Scholar” for the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston, with participants Juliana Spahr, Jennifer Scappettone, Julie Carr, Heather Dubrow, Margaret Ronda, and Barrett Watten.

The poet-scholar Julie Carr
Two roads diverged? Heather Dubrow
Uses of the useless Hillary Gravendyk
'Outside of knowledge' Margaret Ronda

The Motion of Light: Celebrating Samuel R. Delany

“The Motion of Light” is named for the Kelly Writers House celebration of Samuel R. Delany’s performative poetics, held on April 11, 2014, and archived at PennSound. This Jacket2 feature collects work by all those who were a part of the Delany celebration, of an event that celebrated the writer who, as Tracie Morris notes in her introduction, “is a constellation that continues to be fixed, yet revolves, for me and for so many lovers of poetry … a maker of many worlds.”

Voices on Joseph Donahue

Joseph Donahue, 2014 (photo by Star Black).

For a poetry that yields such immediate and immense pleasure, the work of Joseph Donahue remains hard to characterize. As the author of seven volumes — including the forthcoming Red Flash on a Black Field and Dark Church, the third installment of his ongoing Terra Lucida serial project — Joseph Donahue has spent almost three decades crafting a sensibility that straddles the often-reductive binaries of literary discourse.

On Kenneth Irby

Sunflower drawing by Lee Chapman.

Although Kenneth Irby, a distinguished innovative poet, has recently become better known, he deserves to be much better known than he presently is. In 2009 he published a massive book of poems, The Intent On: Collected Poems, 1962–2006, which for the first time provided easy access to the full body of his work and ample evidence of how productive he has been over the years. Before this book, I think, few people realized how prolific he has been.