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Paul Auster’s 4321

  4 In an essay from the mid-1970’s on the poet Charles Reznikoff, Paul Auster wrote of the poet’s ability to choose the exact detail that will say everything and thereby allow as much as possible to remain unsaid. This … Continue reading

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All Roads at Once with Alfred Corn

I usually seek out the books I want, primarily through online shopping. Those books, along with articles and social media connections, suggest other books. But every once in a while a book finds me. Alfred Corn’s first book of poems, … Continue reading

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Yahia Lababidi’s Balancing Acts

The poems of Yahia Lababidi recall some great names: Borges, Pessoa, and Baudelaire. The spirit of Baudelaire looms large in the poems of Balancing Acts. But I think of visual artists too. Striking, novel images are conjured, mysterious and dreamlike, … Continue reading

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Read, Pig!

Once I saw the title, Think, Pig! I had to have Jean-Michel Rabaté’s book, published last year by Fordham University Press.

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The Beauty of the Book

The universe (which others call the Library)…. —Borges I take a profoundly Borgesian pleasure in the book.

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II

…. being in [the world] discourages you from talking about it and not being in it disqualifies you from talking about it. —Samuel Beckett to Georges Duthuit, March 2, 1949 (p 131) I am no longer capable of writing in … Continue reading

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume III

Holes in paper open and take me fathoms from anywhere. —Samuel Beckett to Nancy Cunard, January 26, 1959 (p 193) The late 1940’s are often singled out as a peak in Samuel Beckett’s writing life. Indeed, that’s when he produced … Continue reading

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