Posts Tagged: Barbara Berman

Barbara Berman’s 2nd Annual Holiday Book Column

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I love it when well known people agree with me, especially when they time it to go with a piece I am working on. Super-agent Andrew Wylie did just that, taking on Amazon in an interview in The New Republic that’s gotten some traction and deserves more. For my purposes, he said: Through greed—which it […]

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The Emily Dickinson Reader by Paul Legault

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At their best, love and translation share some contradictions, including selfishness and generosity. Translation is impossible, or at least not very good, without a passionate desire to own the material and leave one’s mark on it. At the same time, few translators want to “hide the light” of their translations “under a bushel.” The translations […]

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Inside/Out: Selected Poems by Marilyn Buck

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Every prison sentence represents compound tragedies involving family members and friends, the affect on the community where the crime was committed, and, of course, the prisoner whose sentence may or may not be appropriate. If the prisoner who is confined is innocent, outrage enters the mix. If the prisoner has committed a crime motivated by […]

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Poets Beyond the Barricade by Dale M Smith

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In Washington, D. C. many years ago, Denise Levertov took questions after a reading and was asked if poets were obligated to protest with poetry when their government was acting illegally or immorally. Levertov replied that of course poets should protest, but since good political poetry was difficult to create, and to judge, writing letters […]

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“My Poets” by Maureen McLane

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Maureen McLane has published two daring, original collections of poetry, and a book called Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry, from Cambridge University Press. Balladeering, with sometimes sluggish, academic prose, is worth effort for anyone wishing greater understanding of traditions that have influenced romantic poetry and the poetry that has come after […]

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Barbara Berman’s Holiday Shopping Guide

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Barbara Berman is a long time Rumpus reviewer. Here she offers her recommendations for books to give during this holiday season and beyond. Years ago I decided to do as much holiday shopping as possible at independent book stores and non-profit retail outlets. Living in San Francisco makes this easy, with destinations like City Lights, […]

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