Contemporary Poets, Poetics & Reviews


Here you’ll find reviews of contemporary poetry, reviews, and criticism from my blog.

Contemporary Poets and Poetics

 – Christian Bök: “We are perhaps the first generation of poets who can reasonably expect to write poems for a machinic audience…”

Appreciations & Reviews

 – Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things: For Stevens all of poetry had become a “minor house” a place of no place, a heterocosm that “badly needed paint”.

 – Between Badiou and Valery: The Poetics of Subtraction and Dissemination: Poetry, alas, is receding from us.

 – Alain Badiou on Pasolini: The real is the concrete becoming of struggle and negation. But how is it possible to understand or know History?

 – Alain Badiou: Epic Poetry and Communism: The communists’ poem is first the epic of the heroism of the proletarians.

 – Dark Earth: Poetry of Dean J. Baker: What struck me intensely about Dean’s poetry is this sense of earthiness and despair tinged with a dark humor…

 – Joseph Nechvatal: Destroyer of Naivetés: This work – not so much poetry, as a gob of light spattered across the black immiseration of our insanity…


Poetic Thought of the Day

Robert Frost ~ Self, Poetry & Voice
On the Inevitability of Poetry
Robert Graves, Ted Hughes & Poetic Mythography of the Goddess
A Poetics of Sense & Concepts
Figuration & Allegory: On the Symbolic
Aristotle’s Poetics & Plot
Poetry as Labyrinth & Glass Bead Game
Form is the Engine of Creativity
Listening, Accents, Rhythm
The Poetry of Democracy
The Quest for Meaning
John Clare ~ Horizon & Natural Fact
Initiation, Feelings & the Mysteries of Poetry
There Are No Rules
The Comedy of the Streets
Priority, Authority and Poetic Wisdom
Memory & Voice

Ramblings in the Grist Mill

K. A. Brace: Lucretian Poet of Mind and Eye
Bri Bruce: The Pulse of Nature and of Love
Pablo Neruda: The Poetry of Earth, Bells and Desolation
Robinson Jeffers: The Poet Of Inhumanism
Walt Whitman, Democracy, and the New Poetry
The Art of Reading Well: Poetry as an Art & Craft
Wisdom’s Lover: The Philosopher and the Poet
The Mastery of Poetic Forms: Poetry Old and New
Singing School: The Fine Art of Poetry and Hard Work
The Poetry of the 21st Century
The Lies Poetry Tells: Rhetoric, Poetics, and Tradition
Poetry, Information, and the Triggering Town: K.A. Bryce and the Making of Poetry
The Belated Poet and the Burdens of Tradition
The Inhuman Turn: Poetry, Philosophy and Time
Native American Short Story: “Our Dance” ePublished & eReady
21st Century Baroque Poetry: Excess, Invention, and Ornament
Songlines, Cultural Memory, and Poetry
Lauren Berlant: The Subtle Art of Cruel Optimism
We the dead…. thoughts on Nicola Masciandaro’s A Note on Cosmic Pessimism